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Wild West Paintings

Wild West Paintings

By George Catlin

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Biography

Biography

George Catlin was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1796. Following a brief career as a lawyer, he produced two major collections of paintings of American Indians.

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Traveling

Traveling

He traveled with General William Clark on a diplomatic mission up the Mississippi River into Native American territory. St. Louis became Catlin's base of operations for five trips he took between 1830 and 1836, eventually visiting fifty tribes

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Mah-to-toh-pa, Four Bears, Second Chief in the Mandan Indian Tribe

Mah-to-toh-pa, Four Bears, Second Chief in the Mandan Indian Tribe

Based on clues (costume, posture, headdress), what can you tell me about the person in the painting?

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If George Catlin would have painted Four Bears in a chair would that leave you with a different impression of this Chief?

If George Catlin would have painted Four Bears in a chair would that leave you with a different impression of this Chief?

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The White Cloud-Head Chief of Iowa

The White Cloud-Head Chief of Iowa

Why do you think he was painted with a big green hand on his face?

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Native Americans would decorate their faces to express themselves.What do you think the hand is telling us now?

Native Americans would decorate their faces to express themselves.What do you think the hand is telling us now?

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Big Elk

Big Elk

Here is another example of the Native Americans using decoration on their face.

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What do you think these marking represent?

What do you think these marking represent?

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If they were decorated with hand prints it meant that they were good at hand-to-hand fighting.

If they were decorated with hand prints it meant that they were good at hand-to-hand fighting.

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