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Presettlement Wildlife and Habitat of Montana:
An Overview

Annotation Of Expeditions And Individuals Recording Natural History Notes

George Catlin, 1832:

Catlin was among the foremost western artists of his day - specializing in the painting of native Americans. He spent the summer and part of the fall of 1832 painting at Fort Union. Many of his paintings include views of the surrounding country and wildlife. In addition to his paintings, Catlin kept notes on native customs, wildlife, and the natural history of the area. Many western journalists who knew Catlin, or knew of him, viewed Catlin's paintings and notes with skepticism. However, Catlin was a very progressive individual and felt that at least some of the wildlife of the upper Missouri should be preserved as a national park in which native Americans could live if they so desired.

Catlin, G.  1876.  Illustration of the manners, customs and conditions of 
     North American Indians.  Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, London.

Catlin, G.  1891.  Catlin's Indians.  Hubbard Bros. Book Co., 
     Philadelphia, PA.  792 pp.

Elman, R.  1977.  First in the field: America's pioneering naturalists. 
     Van Nostrand Reinhold, Ontario. 

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