George Catlin

George Catlin was an American painter, author, and traveler who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. Born on July 26, 1796, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he is best known for his significant body of work that documents the appearance and customs of Native American cultures, which he created during multiple trips to the western territories of the United States in the 1830s. Catlin's goal was to preserve the image of Native American cultures as they were before Western influence altered their way of life. He also wrote books about his experiences among the indigenous peoples of North America. George Catlin died on December 23, 1872, in Jersey City, New Jersey.


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  1. 1. Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Conditions of the North American Indians

    This book is a detailed and vivid account of the author's travels among the Native American tribes of the Great Plains during the 19th century. The author, an artist, presents an ethnographic record of his observations and experiences with different Native American tribes, including their customs, manners, rituals, and way of life. The book, which includes numerous sketches and paintings of tribal members and scenes, is considered a valuable historical record of Native American culture during this period.

    The 8716th Greatest Book of All Time