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date: 20 August 2019

Buffalo Meatlocked

(b Southern Plains, c. 1847; d nr Kingfisher, OK, Oct 2, 1917).
  • Imre Nagy

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(b Southern Plains, c. 1847; d nr Kingfisher, OK, Oct 2, 1917).

Native American Southern Cheyenne artist. In his younger years Buffalo Meat lived the ordinary life of the buffalo-hunting Plains Indians. He married c. 1867. On 3 April 1875 he was arrested at the Cheyenne Agency, Indian Territory, OK, with the charge of participating in the murder of a Euro-American immigrant family. He was sentenced to imprisonment without a trial or hearing, along with 71 other Native American Indians. They arrived at Fort Marion, FL, on 21 May 1875. Encouraged by the fort’s commander, 26 of the younger prisoners started to produce an enormous amount of pencil, ink and crayon drawings depicting their former lives. It became known as ‘ledger book art’ and soon a white market developed for it (see Ledger book; see also Native North American art, §IV, 1, (iv)). Buffalo Meat made his first known drawings during this imprisonment, although he probably produced some art before his arrest. He departed for the reservation on ...

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