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What were Winter Counts?

This background essay, adapted from a Smithsonian Institution online exhibit, provides information about the Winter Count calendars kept by many Lakota Indian bands.

Source | Smithsonian Institution/National Anthropological Archives, "What were Winter Counts?," Lakota Winter Counts Online Exhibit,; additional information is available in Lakota Winter Counts: The Teacher's Guide (Washington, DC) which is available as a free PDF download under the Learning Resources section of the website.
Creator | Smithsonian Institution
Item Type | Article/Essay
Cite This document | Smithsonian Institution, “What were Winter Counts?,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed April 16, 2024,

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