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winter count Line breaks: win¦ter count

Definition of winter count in English:


A pictorial record or chronicle of the events of each year, kept by various North American Indian peoples.
Example sentences
  • In all, the epidemic appears in at least thirteen different winter counts kept by plains Indians in the years 1779-83.
  • The timing of population increases documented by early winter counts in Maine closely paralleled those of breeding populations along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec and eastward to the Maritimes.
  • Amos Bad Heart Bull the Elder, was the tribe historian charged with creating the ‘winter count,’ a pictographic representation of the major events in the tribe's history.
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