The Tragic Prescience Of George Catlin

The artist knew that the Native Americans could not maintain their culture in the face of the white man's expansion across the continent.

“Oh! how I love a people who don’t live for the love of money,” George Catlin once exclaimed. The artist never ceased to marvel at the guileless, trusting simplicity and unselfish generosity of his Indian hosts, who welcomed him without reservation into their homes, entertained him as best they could, and who, he explained, “are honest without laws, who have no jails and no poor-house.” Read more »