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Title An account of an annual religious ceremony practised by the Mandan tribe of North American Indians [manuscript]: by George Catlin, [ca. 1900]
Author Catlin, George (1796-1872)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Handwritten copy of the rare 1865 unauthorized London edition, "An account of an annual religious ceremony practised by the Mandan tribe of the North American Indians," which Catlin disavowed.
Places Great Plains, United States
Keywords ceremony, religion, O-kee-pa, travel, travelogue, ritual
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Language Mandan
Additional Information Artist and author. From 1828 to 1838 George Catlin travelled in the West, painting about 600 portraits of Indians in native costume and pictures of their villages, daily life, games, and ceremonies. In 1832, Catlin witnessd the Mandan O-kee-pa ceremony and portrayed it in paintings which generated considerable controversy. An unauthorized essay on the subject was printed privately in London in 1865 under Catlin’s name. Catlin promptly condemned the fifty-copy edition, calling it "a gross and mangled extract from my account" and demanding that all copies be surrendered. In 1867 Catlin published "O-kee-pa, a religious ceremony," to set the record straight.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 150
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue