Saturday, February 7, 2015

Butte de Mort, Sioux Burial Ground, Upper Missouri

Sioux Burial Ground
1837-1839, George Catlin
Smithsonian American Art Museum
(Link)

"In his 1848 Catalogue, Catlin noted that the French called this Sioux burial ground Butte de Mort, or “Hill of Death,” and that the Indians regarded the site “with great dread and superstition. There are several thousand buffalo and human skulls, perfectly bleached and curiously arranged about it.” (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)"

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