Published on August 6, 2013 by Amy
Courting amongst peoples of the Plains was done in very proper and specific ways. To make known his feelings for the maiden whose hearted he hoped to woo, a young man would often play his flute for her. If the woman found him to be attractive, she would eventually invite him to stand wrapped together in her blanket in front of her tepee. Young courting couples were not allowed to be alone together so this publicly allowed them to speak softly to one another, share their feelings and make plans for their future together.
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Modern day Lakota artist, Evans Flammond Sr. has depicted this beautiful courting ritual on equally beautiful and historic ledger paper dated 1886-1891. The original, ornate handwriting on the paper shows the importance and pride in the everyday calligraphy people used in earlier days.