Lone Dog Winter Count
Winter counts served as references to aide remembrance of a group’s oral
history. Rendered on a variety of material—buffalo skin, deer hide, muslin, or
paper—these spirals of pictographs represent a year in the history of a tribe
by depicting remarkable events. The pictographs are organized in chronological
order, and cover a specified period of time. The Lone Dog Winter Count of the
Lakota people covers the period 1800–1970. It is named after a dedicated
keeper, Lone Dog.
Credit: Lone Dog Winter Count, National Museum of the American Indian, Cultural
Resource Center, Catalog # 21/8701.