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Paintbrush & Peacepipe: The Story of George Catlin
Paintbrush Peacepipe The Story of George Catlin Author:Anne Rockwell George Catlin's interest in Indians began on an evening in the year 1805. He had decided to shoot a deer, and, with his brother's gun, he was hidden by a salt spring near his home in Pennsylvania. The deer came, but George was afraid to shoot. However, a rifle shot sounded, and the deer fell dead. A tall brown-skinned man stepped out of the ... more »forest and began to skin the deer. It was the first Indian Catlin had seen.
The boy and the Indian, On-O-Gong-Way, became friends. Later Catlin became a painter and eventually combined painting with his interest in Indians. He went to the West, still unsettled and full of Indians living much as they always had, and painted. He traveled far and wide painting Indian portraits and collecting beautiful things the Indians had made.
The last part of Catlin's life was spent trying to make other people appreciate the Indians as he did. Today we can appreciate their lives because of what he did. He left us one of the few records of how Indians of the Old West lived and looked. Some of his paintings and drawings are the basis for the pictures in this book.« less