Prairie Pulse: The Art of George Catlin

During the time of President Thomas Jefferson and Lewis and Clark there were no cameras or photographs. All of the visual history that we have from that era is from paintings and artifacts.  George Catlin traveled up the Mississippi River on several occasions painting the native tribes that he met. Later he traveled up the Missouri.  About 1,100 painting and sketches of Catlin’s survive today and help provide a visual record of the customs and history of native peoples prior to white settlement of the American West.

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Prairie Pulse, Prairie Public Television. Matt Olien (Producer)

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Social Studies, Science, Arts- Visual