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North American Indians

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From 1831 to 1837, George Catlin traveled extensively among the native peoples of North America-from the Muskogee and Miccosukee Creeks of the Southeast to the Lakota, Mandan, and Pawnee of the West, and from the Winnebagos and Menominees of the North to the Comanches of eastern Texas. Studying their habits, customs, and modes of life, he made copious notes and numerous sk ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Penguin Classics (first published 1841)
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Pablo Paz
Sep 16, 2011 Pablo Paz rated it it was amazing
ahh.. que buen libro lo de George Catlin en este libro es muy atractivo.. no tiene la complejida de esos ensayos etnograficos que por momentos se ponen pesados.. Catlin es de esos hombres del siglo 19 cuya historia me parece fascinante.. sus cuadros tienen algo que siempre me interesó y en sus libros relata de una manera muy chevre sus viajes.. que lo llevaron no solo por las praderas de norteamerica, tambien a la amazonia y a lugares tan remotos como los aleutianas.. este libro es solo sobre la ...more
Fredrick Danysh
George Catlin's artwork and writings regarding the American Indian. Many of these were painted while Catlin lived among the various tribes.
Ellis
Oct 09, 2010 Ellis rated it really liked it
I have been interested in Catlin since we learned about his portraits in several of my undergrad art history classes. Really fascinating guy who left a successful law practice to live with and record the Native Americans, whom he recognized as a dying peoples. His descriptions are remarkable and beautiful. He talks about the people he met in an endearing way and conjectures about their inevitable demise at the hands of "civilization". I've always loved his paintings, but have a much greater appr ...more
Andrea
May 17, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Unfortunately, the reproductions of Catlin's paintings in this 2004 Penguin edition are generally of poor quality: overinked, blacking out detail, and of course printed on cheap paper.

However, the content of Catlin's letters, in the context of the period (1830's), is definiteley worth checking out. At times enlightened (again, for the period!), and humbly observant, at others more smug and self-righteous, Catlin's voice remains as vivid testimony to a land and people in profound mutation.

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brook
Dec 23, 2012 brook rated it liked it
the writing is understandably dated, but the accounts are as straightforward as you'll find. replace some outdated terms with some other ones, and take the "noble savages/us-v-them" comparisons, and the detailed, relatively descriptions of day-to-day are incredibly detailed. it was interesting to see a man writing at a time when a) tribes were still warring against and taking each other captive, and b) the government had started taking land via treaty and was starting displacement. doubtless thi ...more
Michael
Dec 18, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
I must have read this a dozen times over the years. The author's style of writing is very gentlemanly too.
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journals,caitlin,American history,Native American Studies
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Feb 09, 2009 lita marked it as to-read
satu dari sekoper buku yang belum sempat disentuh :D
Mark
Feb 12, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it
Folio Society Edition is beautiful.
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