Travels in the Interior of North America
Travels in the Interior of North America provides a valuable record of life along the Missouri River in the 19th century.
The German aristocrat and explorer Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied was planning an expedition across the American West. In Switzerland he spotted Karl Bodmer and asked him to join the expedition als an official artist.
Maximilian was keen to create a detailed record, accurately portraying the cultures of the many Native American tribes he met during his travels, including the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes who had settled on the banks of the Missouri. He also recorded the lives of the many nomadic tribes he met including the Sioux, Assiniboine, Plans Cree, Gros Ventres and Blackfoot tribes.
Bodmers 81 illustrations
Of course, Maximilian’s detailed descriptions provide a fantastic insight into the lives of these tribes but it is Bodmer’s illustrations that truly bring the book to life. His illustrations are widely regarded to be amongst the most detailed and accurate depictions made and gave readers an amazing insight into the lives and customs of these tribes for the first time.
Bodmer’s evocative titles include: A Skin Lodge of an Assiniboin Chief, Dance of the Mandan Indians, and Funeral Scaffold of a Sioux Chief.