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George Catlin and the Pipestone Quarry: paradise of the red gods

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dc.contributor.advisor Connelly, Frances S., 1953- en
dc.contributor.author Mundy, Denise Louise
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-09T17:18:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-09T17:18:13Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01-09
dc.date.submitted 2011 Fall en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/12435
dc.description Title from PDF of title page, viewed on January 9, 2012 en
dc.description Thesis advisor: Frances Connelly en
dc.description Vita en
dc.description Includes bibliographic references (p. 66-68) en
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)--Dept. of Art and Art History. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2011 en
dc.description.abstract George Catlin, pioneer, author, ethnographer, entrepreneur, was foremost an artist of exceptional talents. He made five difficult journeys westward from 1830-1836 to paint the Native Americans and their way of life. His artistic work comprised the first pictorial record of western Native Peoples. In Catlin's view, a visit to the sacred Pipestone Quarry, located in southwestern Minnesota, would be a fitting finale to his documentation of Native American tribes of the West. Catlin felt it necessary to subject the quarry to his presence, to extract stone for study, and to preserve the quarry through his painting. Everywhere the artist had gone in his travels, from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains, and from the Canadian border into Mexican territory he had witnessed the smoking of the long-stemmed Indian pipe that was an important ritual in every phase of diplomacy, peace, and war. The quarry was the central site that over the millennia held hundreds of tribes in communication with each other. In Catlin's time, the quarry was guarded by the Santee Sioux, protecting their economic interest in this valuable substance, pipestone, as well as the sanctity of the resource from which they believed the Great Spirit had fashioned man. In Catlin's final pilgrimage to round out his western travels his goal was to view this sacred site. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction -- Journey to the Red Pipestone Quarry -- Paradise of the red gods -- Politics of discovery -- Conclusion en
dc.format.extent vii, 69 pages en
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Kansas City en
dc.subject.lcsh Catlin, George, 1796-1872 en
dc.subject.lcsh Pipestone National Monument (Minn.) en
dc.subject.other Thesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Art and art history en
dc.title George Catlin and the Pipestone Quarry: paradise of the red gods en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Art and Art History en
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Kansas City en
thesis.degree.name M.S. en
thesis.degree.level Masters en


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