George Catlin's Indians

Paula Petrik, Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University

Introduction

Like Karl Bodmer and other artists who visited the American West in the early nineteeth century, George Catlin depicted Native American life before waves of white settlement brought Indians and whites into conflict with one another. And like other artists, he simply did not record Native American peoples and customs but exhibited a particular attitude toward his subjects.

Updated | April 2004