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AN INSCRIBED NATIVE AMERICAN BATTLE IMAGE FROM THE LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD

Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed, Andrew E. Masich and Jason Pitsch
Plains Anthropologist
Vol. 42, No. 161 (August 1997), pp. 287-302
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25669484
Page Count: 16
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AN INSCRIBED NATIVE AMERICAN BATTLE IMAGE FROM THE LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD
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Abstract

A brass artifact found in the Hunkpapa campsite that was attacked by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer on June 25, 1876 is engraved with images of soldiers and American Indians. The battle image was scratch engraved on this unique medium in a pre-Reservation Biographic style reminiscent of rock art and robe art of the same era. It may depict a scene from the Battle of the Little Bighorn or the Rosebud Battle of June 17, 1876. In any case, the artifact is unique. This article describes the artifact and presents preliminary interpretations.

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