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Silver Horn

(1860 - 1940)

Silver Horn or Haungooah was a Kiowa ledger artist from Oklahoma. He was born in 1860. His Kiowa name, Haungooah, refers to sunlight reflecting off a buffalo horn, making it gleam like white metal. His father was Agiati, or "Gathering Feathers", and he was a calendar keeper. Agiati was teh choses artistic successor of his uncle Dohasan, who was the primary calendar keeper for the Kiowas throughout the 19th century. Silver Horn witnessed traumatic changes as the Kiowa people went from nomadic buffalo hunters to a life on a reservation with forced assimilation toward white society. These changes are reflected in his artwork. Silver Horn died in 1940, but his works are still shown regularly. There is an extensive collection of them in the permantent collection of the Museum of New Mexico. Today, many of Silver Horn's family members are also artists.

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