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The History of the Butterfly, part 128: The Indians go to New York

A number of the Indians whose names became places in Iowa were treated like rock stars when they visited Boston on October 30, 1837.  The local population greeted them warmly.  Both sides exhibited what seems to have been genuine affection … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 92: Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life

George Catlin spent years traveling among the North American native tribes.  He painted their portraits and aspects of their cultures. He painted portraits of some of the characters involved in the history of the butterfly, including Keokuk and Mahaska. He … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 77: Keokuck

To quote from Marston in Morse, 1822: “The males of each nation of the Sauks and Foxes, are separated into two grand divisions, called Kish-co-quah and Osh-kosh:  to each there is a head, called War chief.  As soon as the … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 26: Catlin’s Motives

I read an article which was not very complimentary about George Catlin’s motives.  The gist of the article was that Mr. Catlin was motivated primarily by money, and that he perpetuated the “Noble Savage” myth.  (See Herring, 2006 in the … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 25: Mahaska in Europe–summary

In 1844-1845 the Sauk and Fox (Meskwaki) were preparing to leave Iowa, finally having ceded the rest of what became of the state to the United States Government.  Mahaska II and a small group of Ioway Indians were touring Europe … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 24: Death of the Infant

We join George Catlin and his party of Ioway Indians, including Mahaska II as they land in Perth. “As I was in anxious expectation of their arrival, I met the party with carriages when they landed, and I was pained to … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 21: The Promenade

I will get back to the story of Mahaska in Europe at some time in the future.  I cut a little clip from Catlin’s book that I thought was amusing.  The point in time for this bit was shortly after Mahaska’s … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, part 18: Mahaska Goes to Europe

George Catlin was an American painter.  He painted scenes from the American west, and he specialized in paintings of Native Americans.  He started in about 1830.  By 1837 he was exhibiting the paintings in New York, and there he was … Continue reading

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