Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians: Volume 1

Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians: Volume 1

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Although he is best known for his paintings of Native Americans, George Catlin (1796-1872) also wrote books about his experiences among the indigenous peoples of the United States. During the 1830s he travelled widely in the western frontier regions with the aim of documenting the vanishing cultures of the Indians, and managed to meet 48 groups. This was a critical time for Native Americans, as US government policies were forcing many tribes off their ancestral land and onto reservations west of the Mississippi River. Catlin's two-volume work, published in 1841, is a compilation of his letters and field notes, and includes over 300 line drawings of people, artefacts and animals. He expresses disgust at the Europeans' treatment of the 'honest and honourable' Indians, who have 'fallen victims to whiskey, the small-pox and the bayonet'. Volume 1 focuses on the Crow, Blackfeet and Mandan peoples in the Great Plains.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 75 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139059769
  • 9781139059763

Table of contents

1. Wyoming, birth-place of the author; 2. Mouth of Yellow Stone; 3. Mouth of Yellow Stone: character of Missouri River; 4. Mouth of Yellow Stone: Upper Missouri Indians; 5. Mouth of Yellow Stone: author's painting-room; 6. Mouth of Yellow Stone: medicines or mysteries; 7. Mouth of Yellow Stone: Crows and Blackfeet; 8. Mouth of Yellow Stone: further remarks on the Crows; 9. Mouth of Yellow Stone: contemplations of the Great Far West and its customs; 10. Mandan Village, Upper Missouri: a strange place; 11. Mandan Village: location; 12. Mandan Village: bird's eye view of the village; 13. Mandan Village: the wolf-chief; 14. Mandan Village: costumes of the Mandans; 15. Mandan Village: astonishment of the Mandans at the operation of the author's brush; 16. Mandan Village: an Indian beau or dandy; 17. Mandan Village: polygamy; 18. Mandan Village: Indian dancing; 19. Mandan Village: sham fight and sham scalp dance of the Mandan boys; 20. Mandan Village: Mandan archery; 21. Mandan Village, Upper Missouri: Mah-to-tah-pa (the four bears); 22. Mandan Village: Mandan religious ceremonies; 23. Minataree Village: location and numbers; 24. Minataree Village: Crow, in the Minataree village; 25. Little Mandan Village, Upper Missouri: an Indian offering himself for a pillow; 26. Mouth of Teton River: Sioux of Dah-co-ta; 27. Mouth of Teton River: custom of exposing the aged; 28. Mouth of Teton River: difficulty of painting Indian women; 29. Mouth of Teton River: voluntary torture; 30. Mouth of Teton River: Indian weapons and instrument of music; 31. Mouth of Teton River: Bisons (or buffaloes) description of.show more