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Catalog Number 1982.78.01
Title AMONG THE BLACK FOOT I WAS CALLED ANTELOPE
Object Name Letter, Illustrated
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-8 W-10.5 inches
Medium Ink/Watercolor/Paper
Date 1926
Notes In 1926 William Tomkins published 'Universal Indian Sign Language', a guide written to "enkindle enthusiasm in the breasts of thousands of boys and girls throughout the world." The book was targeted to youth organizations like the Boy and Girl Scouts. He presented a copy of the publication to Russell, who penned this letter to express his appreciation for the gift:
"May 27 / 1926 / Willum [sic] Tomkins / Dear Tomkins Im sorry I wasent home whin you came but was glad to get your book[.] / I talk a littel sign myself so the book was more interesting[.] / what littel I know I got from the Blackfeet which as you know is much the same among all Planes Indians[.] / I have tryed sometimes in my pictures to make Indians talk sign but its hard to make signs with out motion[.] / but in your book I think you have don well[.] thanking you for the book and whishing you good luck I am one of your kind / C.M. Russell / a long time ago among the Black foot I was called Antelope[,] not because of my swiftness but I wore darke pants with a white buck skin seat in them."
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