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

Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians
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  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108033190

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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 from the Great Plains, Arkansas, Texas and Florida. 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 drawings of people, artefacts, and animals. In line with Romantic philosophy, Catlin expresses admiration for the 'honest and honourable' Indians, and disgust at how 'civilised man' made them 'victims to whiskey, the small-pox and the bayonet'.

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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108033190
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 49 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 177 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    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 VillageL 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. Litte 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. Volume 2:
    32. Cantonment Leavenworth
    33. Grouse shooting before the burning prairies
    34. Ioways
    35. St. Louis
    36. Pensacola, Florida
    37. Transit up the Arkansas river
    38. Fort Gibson
    39. Mouth of the False Washita and Red River
    40. Sickness at the Mouth of False Washita
    41. Great Camanchee village, Texas
    42. Description of the Camanchee village, and view of
    43. The regiment advance towards the Pawnee village
    44. Camp Canadian
    45. Return to Fort Gibson
    46. Alton, on the Mississippi
    47. Trip to Florida and Texas, and back to St. Louis
    48. Flatheads, nez Percés
    49. Shawanos
    50. Fort Snelling, near the Fall of St. Anthony
    51. Fourth of July at the Fall of St. Anthony
    52. The author descending the Mississippi in a bark canoe
    53. The author and his bark canoe sunk in the Des Moine's Rapids
    54. Côteau des Prairies
    55. 'Story of the Dog' told
    56. Author's return from the Côteau des Prairies
    57. Fort Moultrie
    58. North Western Frontier
    Appendices.

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    George Catlin

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