The Pow Wow Fiesta Medal 2023 is an incredibly unique medal depicting two Native Americans dancing in traditional clothing. The frame of the medal is based on an original original drawing that was on 1862 ledger paper—this artistic style is called "Ledger Art" (there is more info below). In the frame is a woman in the northern style clothing and the man is holding the eagle staff, which is always part of the United San Antonio Pow Wow celebration. Mark your calendar for the Fiesta San Antonio "Celebrations of Traditions Pow Wow" for Saturday, April 22, 2023.
Ledger Art is a term used to describe Plains Indian drawings and paintings on paper from the second half of the nineteenth century (early 1860s forward to early 1900s) because the art was often made on accountant’s ledger books readily available from military outposts. Due to limitations of bone, stick brushes, and earth paints previously use to draw, these items were replaced by colored pencils, crayons and occasionally water color paints.
Plains Indian warriors illustrated battle exploits, brave deeds or those of friends and important acts of personal heroism. The drawings were not often signed and ledger artists were normally anonymous.
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