American Plains, Oklahoma; Kiowa
Collected by Hugh L. Scott, 1876-98; purchased by Philip M. Jones, 1901.
This battle scene comes from a collection of 124 pieces assembled by Hugh Scott, a captain of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry. Although he believed in modernization for the Indians, Scott felt that aspects of their traditional cultures should be preserved; he was one of the few soldiers fluent in Plains Sign Language. This watercolor and pencil painting, whose exact content remains obscure, was made for sale to outsiders. However, it was a continuation of Plains Indian narrative painting on rawhide.