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Melvin “Shadow” Chasing Crow Collection—Greeting Card Artwork

 Unprocessed — Box: 09035 C
Identifier: H2019-008

Content Description

The collection consists of fourteen Christmas greeting cards designed, drawn and colored by Melvin “Shadow” Chasing Crow. Melvin “Shadow” Chasing Crow was born July 11, 1916 at White River (S.D.) to Louis and Mary (Standing Elk) Chasing Crow. The family moved to Pierre when Melvin was a child. He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, serving in the European and African theaters of war. Melvin was a guidance counselor for 25 years at the Pierre Indian Learning School. He later worked for the city of Pierre. He died May 8, 1966 and is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery (Pierre, S.D.). As noted on the cards, the items were “Made In Land Of The Sioux, By a Sioux.” The cover of the Christmas cards feature drawings of Native American men, some holding broken arrows or bows, the word “Peace” is included on most of the cards. The main colors used are orange, yellow and red. The inside of the cards have greetings in both Lakota and English and occasionally other languages. The cards date to the 1980s.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1980s



0.1 Cubic Feet