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Tribal times. Karl Bodmer, American Indian provides a rare and
privileged look at Native American life and customs before the
invention of photography. Extensive travels, from 1832 to 1834,
conducted by Maximilian Prince of Wied and Swiss painter Karl
Bodmer through the inner Parts of North America resulted in the
publication, in 1839, of the first book to present paintings and
descriptions of Native American life in skilled, painstaking
detail. The sumptuous pictures reprinted here, depicting battle
scenes, landscapes, portraits, and still lifes, are taken from an
extremely rare, hand-colored copy of the original publication.
Excerpts from Wied's journals serve as keys to the multitude of
details contained within each image, giving historical information
about the rituals, clothes, and tools of the Native Americans,
including well-known figures such as Mato-Tope. An introduction by
anthropologist Sonja Schierle brings the book into a contemporary
perspective. Since most of us will never have the opportunity to
see Wied and Bodmer's marvelous original publication, "Taschen"
brings you the next best thing - a reproduction of impeccable
quality and consideration, for anyone and everyone to study and
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