Native American Ledger Art at Dartmouth this Fall


Dartmouth College is hosting several programs related to ledger art of the Plains Indians during the fall term. The Hood Museum of Art has two exhibitions on display, and the Leslie Center for the Humanities is devoting its fall institute to the topic.


“Mountain Chief, Blackfeet War Leader” by Terrance Guardipee, Siksika (Blackfeet), 2008. (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

The Hood’s exhibitions are “Native American Ledger Drawings from the Hood Museum of Art: The Mark Lansburgh Collection,” which showcases the museum’s acquisition of the important collection created by Mark Lansburgh ’49, on view October 2 through December 19, 2010; and “Contemporary Native American Ledger Art: Drawing on Tradition,” a stylistically diverse collection linked to the tradition of Plains Indian ledger art of the nineteenth century, which began August 14 and continues through December 19, 2010.

The Leslie Humanities Institute, Multiple Narratives in Plains Indian Ledger Art: The Mark Lansburgh Collection, draws on the expertise of the Hood Museum staff, the Native American Studies faculty, faculty from other departments, and Native and non-Native invited scholars to open up discussion on the multiple narratives embedded in Plains ledger art.

The next events are a Humanities Institute research fellows meeting on November 5, a gallery talk on the Lansburgh collection on November 11, and a tour on November 13.

Nancy Fontaine