Picture Writing

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An example of Native American picture writing. One interpretation: “The chiefs Black Wolf, Raven, Fast Bear, and Standing Bear hold a war council round the fire where grass was high. They dig up the hatchet, have plenty of arrows, and start on foot to a Cheyenne village (cut arm, Cheyenne sign) on Beaver Creek, where they expect to have a fight, and stampede the herd of fat ponies.” —Scott, 1884


David B. Scott A School History of the United States (New York: American Book Company, 1884) 11


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