The Traditional Life of an Arapaho Woman

Read excerpts from a newly translated autobiography of Red Woman, Southern Arapaho. She was born about 1850, and told this story in Arapaho to Jesse Rowlodge in 1929. He recorded it in Arapaho, using English-language orthography. The manuscript is now in the Smithsonian Institution, National Anthropological Archives. Translation by Andrew Cowell and Alonzo Moss, Sr.

A 19th-century bag used for storing personal items. The beadwork on this bag
would have required many hours of work by an Arapaho woman, and the designs
often held symbolic significance.
Univ. of Colorado Museum #10370