The native Amazonia of George Catlin: little known pictures and travel accounts

First presentation and Brazilian ethnohistory focused discussion of the 1852 Amazonian travels and pictures of George Catlin (1796-1872), and of their contribution to the knowledge of several Brazilian Indian tribes. The fame of Catlin in the U. S. depended on his previous North American hundreds of paintings, with no consideration of his later South American pictures and memoirs here described. Furthermore, Catlin is not even mentioned in Brazilian studies of XIXth century traveler artists. The relevant passages of his memoirs are here translated and some of his many Amazonian scenes and Indians portraits are reproduced.

George Catlin (1796-1872); Amazonian Indians; Iconography; Traveler artists

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