Catlin began his journey in 1830 when he accompanied General William Clark on a diplomatic mission up the Mississippi River into Native American territory. Gallery
Elbridge Ayer Burbank
Chief Mahaska (Mew-hew-George Catlin-kaw)
Seth and Mary Eastman
W. His fascination with Native Americans was kindled by his mother who told him stories of the western frontier and how George Catlin was captured by a tribe when George Catlin was a young girl.