George Catlin, Catlin Feasted by the Mandan Chief, 1861/1869, National Gallery of Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Catlin's month-long study of the Mandan Indians may be his greatest ethnographic achievement. He was warmly welcomed by the tribe and permitted to witness and document their costumes, customs, and secret ceremonies. Nearly thirty years later, Catlin based this painting on the notes and sketches he had made during his North American adventure in the 1830s.

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