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Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, & Condition of the
North American Indians. With Letters and Notes, Written during
Eight Years of Travel and Adventure among the Wildest and
Most Remarkable Tribes Now Existing. By George Catlin.

Published by Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, London

Original Color Lithographs (chromolithographs) over 140 years old!
Sheet size: approximately 6 1/8 x 9 3/8 inches
[also available are the 1845 black & white engravings]

George Catlin's paintings comprise the first important pictorial record of the Plains Indians and their then little-known homelands west of the Mississippi River. "Catlin's Indian Gallery," as the dedicated artist himself called it, consisted of hundreds of portraits of Indians, scenes of Indian life, and landscapes of a wilderness scarcely changed through the millennia. In his notebooks and on canvas, the young Pennsylvania lawyer captured much of an American that was swept away a century ago by the westward-pressing settler.

Catlin made these dramatic paintings on a series of journeys into largely unmapped Indian country between 1830 and 1836. For the first time, Americans in the eastern states saw the Pawnees, the tall Blackfeet and Crows, the Sioux, and the wild Comanches. They saw wide prairies teeming with buffalo, the turbulent Missouri River, and the giant grizzly bear. They saw villages of hundreds of graceful teepees and peered into the dim interiors of comfortable earth lodges, and witnessed the four-day torture ceremony of the Mandans.

The Plains Indians of Catlin's portraits were still proud and dignified, unlike their cousins on eastern reservations. Freed by the acquisition of the horse from the restrictions of hunger and scarcity, they were riding the crest of a new richness and power.

But they, too, were fated to lose in the encounter with western civilization—and Catlin knew it. "Art may mourn when these people are swept from the earth," he wrote, "and the artists of the future ages may look in vain for another race so picturesque in their costumes, their weapons, their colours, their manly games, and their chase...."

[ref.: "Letters and Notes..." introduction by Marjorie Halpin (Dover, 1973).]


George Catlin
as painted by William Fisk, 1849

"I sat out alone, unaided and unadvised, resolved, (if my life should be spared), by the aid of my brush and my pen, to rescue from oblivion so much of their primitive looks and customs as the industry and ardent enthusiasm of one lifetime could accomplish."



(Colors represented on individual computer monitors will vary and may not accurately depict the actual lithographic color on the prints.)

Comanche meeting the Dragoons
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Plate 157

Comanche meeting the Dragoons

Comanche chasing buffalo through the Dragoons
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Plate 158

Comanche chasing buffalo through the Dragoons

Wild horses at play
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Plate 160

Wild horses at play


Lassoing a wild horse, Breaking down a wild horse
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Plates 161-162

Lassoing a wild horse

Breaking down a wild horse


Comanche warriors, with white flag, receive Dragoons
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Plate 163

Comanche warriors, with white flag, receive Dragoons


comanche dog fight
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Plate 166

Comanche moving camp, dog fight en route


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Plates 168-171

Ee-shah-ko-nee, Bow and Quiver, first chief

Ta-wah-que-nah, Mountain of Rocks, second chief

Ish-a-ro-yeh, Carries a Wolf

Is-sa-wah-tam-ah, Wolf Tied With Hair


The Spaniard
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Plate 172

His-oo-san-ches, The Spaniard


Pawnee village on the banks of the Red River
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Plate 173

Pawnee village on the banks of the Red River

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Plates 174-177

We-ta-ra-sha-ro, very old chief

Sky-se-ro-ka, second chief

Kah-kee-tsee, The Thighs

She-da-a, Wild Sage


Kiowa, Kioway
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Plates 178-181

Teh-toot-sah, head Kioway

Bon-son-gee, The New Fire

Quay-ham-kay, Stone Shell

Wun-pan-to-mee, White Weasel and her brother, Tunk-aht-oh-ye, Thunderer


Smoked Shield, Fights with a Feather
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Plates 182-183

Kots-a-to-ah, Smoked Shield

Ush-ee-kitz, Fights with a Feather


foremost man, cock turkey, swan, he who...
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Plates 185-188

Kee-an-ne-kuk, The Foremost Man

Ah-ton-we-tuck, Cock Turkey

Go-to-kow-pah-a, He Who Stands by Himself

Wa-pon-je-a, The Swan


Sac. Bear Traveling at Night, etc.
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Plates 189-192

On-saw-kie, The Sac

Na-pow-saw, Bear Traveling in the Night

Kee-mon-saw, Little Chief

Wah-pe-seh-see, mother of Little Chief


Man Who Tracks, etc.
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Plates 193-196

Pah-me-cow-e-tah, Man Who Tracks


Ni-a-co-mo, To Fix with the Foot

Men-son-se-ah, Left Hand


the Answer, etc.
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Plates 197-200

Ni-co-man, The Answer, a chief

Non-on-da-gon, a chief

Ee-tow-o-kaum, Both Sides of the River

Wanu-naw-con, the Dish. John W. Quinney


Bread, etc.
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Plates 200-204

Bread, the chief

Cu-sick, son of the chief. A Baptist preacher

Good Hunter

Hard Hickory


Red Jacket
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Plate 205

Red Jacket


The Thinker
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Plate 206

Not-o-way, The Thinker, a chief


no horns, etc
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Plate 207-210

Hee-oh'ks-te-kin, Rabbit's Skin Leggings

H'co-a-h'co-a-h'cotes-min, No Horns on His Head

Hee-doh'ge-ats, a young boy

Chinook woman and child, showing how children's heads are flattened


Catlin museum specimens
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Plate 210½

Drawings of specimens in the Catlin museum


He Who Goes Up River, etc.
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Plate 211-214

Lay-law-she-kaw, He Who Goes up the River

Ka-te-qua, Female Eagle

Pah-te-coo-saw, Straight Man

Ten-squa-ta-way, The Open Door. "The Shawnee Prophet," brother of Tecumseh


John Ross, etc.
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Plate 215-218

John Ross

A Cherokee lady

Jo-lee, a chief

Tuch-ee, The Dutch


The Great King, etc.
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Plate 219-222

Stee-cha-co-me-co, The Great King, "Ben Perryman"

Hol-te-mal-te-tez-te-neehk-ee, "Sam Perryman"

Mo-sho-la-tub-bee, He Who Puts Out and Kills

Ha-tchoo-tuck-nee, Snapping Turtle, "Peter Pinchlin"


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