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Indians discovery U.S. Cavalry

Indians discovery U.S. Cavalry

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Koba aka Wild Horse (Kiowa),
drawn between 1875 and 1878 at Fort Marion, Florida
"Indian Discovery of U.S. Cavalry"
Collected by Richard Henry Pratt about 1878
Colored pencil, ink, and watercolor
The focus of this drawing by Koba is a Kiowa warrior coming down from his lookout hill. He carries a pair of field glasses (either a trade item or possibly taken from an enemy combatant) which assisted him in the discovery of the cavalry unit riding nearby. The Kiowa camp below is at rest; tribesmen welcome the scout's return and warning.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ledger drawing
Object Type
date made
ca 1875-1878
original artist
Place Made
United States: Florida, Anastasia Island, Fort Marion
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 12.6 cm x 20.4 cm; 4 15/16 in x 8 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Cultures & Communities
Ledger Drawings
Many Voices, One Nation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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