(1796 - 1872)
"White men - whiskey - tomahawks - scalping knives - guns, powder and ball - small-pox - debauchery - extermination."
As a young man, the Philadelphia born artist, George Catlin,
studied to be a lawyer but soon tired of the dull and dreary books
and decided instead to become an artist. Like many young men
of his day, Catlin dreamed of seeing the wilderness of the West
with his own eyes. (Click here for more on Catlin) His
opportunity came in 1830 when he accompanied William Clark on an
expedition up the Missouri River. This would be the first of
five expeditions into the West, and his career would span the years
when he would have the opportunity to see the last years of the
Indian societies as they existed before the arrival of the
Europeans changed their world forever.