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North American Indians | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society

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North American Indians

North American Indians | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society
Portrait of North American Indians (Plate 1).<p>"The group in Plate No. 1 is composed of three Portraits from my collection, representing three different tribes of various latitudes and well illustrating a number of the leading characteristics of this interesting part of the human family.<p>An Osage Warrior, from a southern latitude, entirely primitive in his habits and dress; his head shaved and ornamented with the graceful crest manufactured from the hair of the deer's tail and horsehair (an uniform custom of the tribe) his robe of the buffalo's hide, with the battles of his life emblazoned on it; his necklace made of the claws of the grizzly bear; his bow and quiver slung upon his back, and his leggings fringed with scalp locks taken as trophies from the heads of enemies slain by him in battle.<p>An Iroquois (an almost extinguished tribe) from a northern climate, with long hair; with a ring in his nose, and headdress of quills and feathers, according to the mode of his tribe; with his tomahawk in hand and his dress mostly of civilized manufacture, indicating an approach to civilization to which all the remnants of this and several other contiguous tribes have long since attained.<p>A Pawnee Woman, from an intermediate latitude, in primitive dress made entirely of skins, and in this as well as in the mode of dressing the head and ornamenting the person, a very fair illustration of the general modes and personal appearance of the females who exhibit much less forcibly than the men, the characteristic differences of the various tribes."</p>
DESCRIPTION
Portrait of North American Indians (Plate 1).

"The group in Plate No. 1 is composed of three Portraits from my collection, representing three different tribes of various latitudes and well illustrating a number of the leading characteristics of this interesting part of the human family.

An Osage Warrior, from a southern latitude, entirely primitive in his habits and dress; his head shaved and ornamented with the graceful crest manufactured from the hair of the deer's tail and horsehair (an uniform custom of the tribe) his robe of the buffalo's hide, with the battles of his life emblazoned on it; his necklace made of the claws of the grizzly bear; his bow and quiver slung upon his back, and his leggings fringed with scalp locks taken as trophies from the heads of enemies slain by him in battle.

An Iroquois (an almost extinguished tribe) from a northern climate, with long hair; with a ring in his nose, and headdress of quills and feathers, according to the mode of his tribe; with his tomahawk in hand and his dress mostly of civilized manufacture, indicating an approach to civilization to which all the remnants of this and several other contiguous tribes have long since attained.

A Pawnee Woman, from an intermediate latitude, in primitive dress made entirely of skins, and in this as well as in the mode of dressing the head and ornamenting the person, a very fair illustration of the general modes and personal appearance of the females who exhibit much less forcibly than the men, the characteristic differences of the various tribes."

RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:23619
Creation Date: 1844
Creator Name:Catlin, George
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Collection Name:Rare Books
Genre:Print
Original Format Type:prints, fine-art
Original Format Number:PH 348.1 (3)
Original Dimensions:12 x 17 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Image source: Catlin, George. Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. From Drawings and Notes of the Author, Made during Eight Years' Travel amongst Forty-Eight of the Wildest and Most Remote Tribes of Savages in North America. (London: Geo. Catlin, 1844). This image is also viewable in the American Journeys online edition of "Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio."
SUBJECTS
Men
Women
Painting
Portraits
Clothing and dress
Indians of North America
Iroquois Indians
Osage Indians
Pawnee Indians
Weapons
Body marking

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