George Catlin (July 26, 1796 - December 23, 1872) was an American painter, author and traveler who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West.

Catlin was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Following a brief career as a lawyer, he produced two major collections of paintings of American Indians and published a series of books chronicling his travels among the native peoples of North, Central and South America.

Claiming his interest in America's 'vanishing race' was sparked by a visiting American Indian delegation in Philadelphia, he set out to record the appearance and customs of America's native people.


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Tipi Village, c.1830 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Tipi Village, c.1830
Mandan okipa ceremony - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Mandan okipa ceremony
A Buffalo bull grazing - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
A Buffalo bull grazing
Civilisation of the Indian, c.1833 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Civilisation of the Indian, c.1833
Three Osage Braves, 1841 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Three Osage Braves, 1841
Bear Dance - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Bear Dance
Sioux chief, 'The Black Rock' - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Sioux chief, 'The Black Rock'
Mandan ceremony - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Mandan ceremony
Buffalo Hunt under the Wolf-skin Mask - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Buffalo Hunt under the Wolf-skin Mask
Pigeon's Egg Head (The Light) Going to and Returning... - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Pigeon's Egg Head (The Light) Going to and Returning...
Sioux Camp Scene, 1841 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Sioux Camp Scene, 1841
The Indian Ball Game, c.1832 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
The Indian Ball Game, c.1832

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