Bird's-eye View of the Mandan Village, 1800 Miles above St. Louis, by George Catlin, 1839.
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An oil on canvas Bird's eye view of the Mandan Indian Village, 1837-1839.

Credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison,Jr., 1985.66.502, Art Resource, N.Y.

While George Catlin traveled extensively among the native peoples of North America, he studied their habits, customs, and modes of life. His experiences, such as those with the Mandan tribe of North Dakota, were captured in many of his paintings of places, people, and symbols.

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