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Letters & Notes on North American Indians [Download] ✤ Letters & Notes on North American Indians By George Catlin – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Illustrated with Catlin s portraits and drawings, this astonishing work is a unique record of the last days of glory for Native Americans west of the Mississippi Illustrated with Catlin s portraits and Notes on PDF/EPUB Ã drawings, this astonishing work is a unique record of the last days of glory for Native Americans west of the Mississippi.


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  1. Rick Rick says:

    North American Indians is one of the essential primary sources, both in word and images, on North America s indigenous populations in the early 19th century It is also a fascinating, observant, and deeply empathetic account of Catlin s western wanderings Catlin, a self taught American artist he was trained as a lawyer but, a hundred and twenty years before the Beats, Catlin need to go, man, just go So he did Catlin covered thousands of miles on foot, horseback, in canoe, and riverboat betwee North American Indians is one of the essential primary sources, both in word and images, on North America s indigenous populations in the early 19th century It is also a fascinating, observant, and deeply empathetic account of Catlin s western wanderings Catlin, a self taught American artist he was trained as a lawyer but, a hundred and twenty years before the Beats, Catlin need to go, man, just go So he did Catlin covered thousands of miles on foot, horseback, in canoe, and riverboat between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains, between Canada and Mexico Sometimes he was alone Sometimes he traveled with trappers and guides At least once he traveled with American cavalry troopers into Comanche territory Always though he was sharp eyed, careful in his analysis, respectful of the culture and way of life of those he visited, and sympathetic to the plight of the Native Americans generally, seeing their doom in the established pattern of interactions with whites, the fatalities caused by illness in sweeping epidemics, the corruption and dissipation brought by fur traders, the impact of whiskey, and, most fatal of all, the greed of advancing civilization As a young man, Catlin had seen some western American Indians pass through his hometown on their way to Washington, D.C., and was captivated by them He understood that the frontier was moving west, that so called civilization was forcing eastern and midwestern tribes ever further west, dispossessing them of a way of life and the land upon which they lived and putting them in conflict with the Plains tribes Catlin s restlessness and his interest in the lives of these wild people came together in an ambition to document with paint and pen the lives of those Native Americans yet living in the wild He would pay some heed to frontier Indians, those being pushed together west of the Mississippi as the whites filled the East, but was most desirous of traveling among and staying with those beyond the frontier He wrote letters that found their way into Eastern newspapers and drew and painted portraits by the scores He didn t hesitate to call them wild or savages but also repeatedly compares their conduct with that of white civilization, finding the Native Americanshonest,considerate, andgenerous and kind than their white oppressors And while he leaves off judging the motives of the whites in their interactions, he is clear and frank that the treatment received by whites is unjust, selfish, and unrelentingly destructive He will say positive things about individual federal Indian Agents and particular actions of the national government though they each inevitably fail to offer protection or aid but views trappers and the fur companies they represent as a deadly plague, cheating the Native American tribes who provided furs, recklessly if unintentionally introducing smallpox, and recklessly and intentionally plying them with whiskey He tip toes around the subject of Christian missionaries but does allow one tribal leader to condemn the black robes as an evil that brought harm and no good to the Indian peoples Peter Matthiessen edited the book, selecting from the larger published notes and letters of Catlin s travels He also provides a brief introduction that is helpful and interesting It could have been longer and, knowing Matthiessen s interest and expertise, it would have been wonderful had he annotated Catlin s account as well in places The book is well illustrated with black and white reproductions If you have any interest in American history, the West, American Indians, American geography and culture, George Catlin s North American Indians is essential and rewarding reading


  2. Pablo Paz Pablo Paz says:

    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 interes 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 ia y a lugares tan remotos como los aleutianas. este libro es solo sobre la 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 interes 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 ia y a lugares tan remotos como los aleutianas. este libro es solo sobre las tribus de norteamerica. las cuales sup que iban a desaparecer y decidi dejar todo atras para ir a registrar como vivian esos hombres. chevre e interesante. LIBRAZO


  3. Fredrick Danysh Fredrick Danysh says:

    George Catlin s artwork and writings regarding the American Indian Many of these were painted while Catlin lived among the various tribes.


  4. Richard Myers Richard Myers says:

    Wonderful bookThis is a detailed journal by George Catlin the famous painter of the American Indians during his travels in the American West in the early 1800 s I highly recommend this book to everyone.


  5. Brook Brook says:

    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 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 this book has inspired and informed many western movies and novels


  6. Andrea Andrea says:

    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 otherssmug and self righteous, Catlin s voice remains as vivid testimony to a land and people in profound mutation.Excel 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 otherssmug and self righteous, Catlin s voice remains as vivid testimony to a land and people in profound mutation.Excellent introdution and editing by Peter Matthiessen


  7. Ellis Ellis says:

    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 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 appreciation for them after learning the stories of their sitters Read this book


  8. Michael Michael says:

    I must have read this a dozen times over the years The author s style of writing is very gentlemanly too.


  9. Mark Mark says:

    Folio Society Edition is beautiful.


  10. Wisteria Leigh Wisteria Leigh says:

    journals,caitlin,American history,Native American Studies


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