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One Hundred Summers: A Kiowa Calendar Record

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Prior to widespread literacy, the Kiowa people recorded their history in pictorial calendars, marking an entry for each summer and each winter. One Hundred Summers presents a recently discovered calendar, created by the Kiowa master artist Silver Horn. Covering the period from 1828 to 1928, the pictures trace Kiowa experiences from buffalo to biplanes, from horse raiding to World War I service, offering an indigenous perspective on a critical period of Kiowa history. The calendar, now housed at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, is reproduced in full color in this book.

Weaving together information from archival sources, community memories, and a close reading of the pictures themselves, Candace S. Greene frames and clarifies this uniquely Native American perspective on Southern Plains history during an era of great political, economic, and cultural pressures. A rare window on a century of Kiowa life, One Hundred Summers is also an invaluable contribution to the indigenous history of North America.

Beautifully produced with sixty-five color plates and twenty-five black & white images, this volume includes appendices featuring a wealth of unpublished primary source material on other Kiowa calendars and a glossary by a native Kiowa speaker.

ISBN-13: 9780803219403

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Nebraska

Publication Date: 03-01-2009

Pages: 286

Product Dimensions: 7.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Candace S. Greene is an ethnologist in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. She is the author of Silver Horn: Master Illustrator of the Kiowa and the coeditor (with Russell Thornton) of The Year the Stars Fell: Lakota Winter Counts at the Smithsonian (Nebraska 2007). Ellen Censky is the former director of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and currently serves as vice president of the Milwaukee Public Museum. Daniel C. Swan is the associate curator of ethnology at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. Gus Palmer Jr. is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword by Ellen Censky

Preface by Daniel C. Swan


Note on Language

1. The Kiowa Calendar Tradition

2. The Silver Horn Calendar: A New Discovery

3. The University of Oklahoma Calendar

Glossary of Kiowa Names and Terms

Appendix A: Little Bluff Calendar Text

Appendix B: Hauvahte Calendar Text

Appendix C: Other Kiowa Calendars