Map of Original Indian Localities in North America [1840]

Object Number: 
1872.23.222
Date: 
1866-68
Medium: 
Brown and black ink and red watercolor on prepared card
Dimensions: 
18 x 23 3/4 in.
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at upper center outside image in brown ink over graphite: "Map of original Indian localities, in N. America."; at lower center below image [key]: "--- tribes extinct / [cluster of dots] Buffalo range, in 1840. / [looping lines] Rocky mountains."
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: a rare and extremely informative map of the United States and western territories around 1840, showing the geographical home location of each Native American tribe including many sub-divisions within tribes. In the following years, westward settlement, treaties, war and disease caused many of these native tribes to relocate, form new affiliations, become absorbed into larger groups, or become victims of disease leading to the near extinction of some cultures or peoples, thus making this document an important record of a lost era.
Credit Line: 
Purchased by the Society
Provenance: 
The artist's collection; Francis Putnam Catlin, the artist's brother, serving as agent to George Henry Moore, acting on behalf of N-YHS
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group