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Wednesday 8 May 2013 George Catlin's American Buffalo opens May 10

The exhibition George Catlin’s American Buffalo presents 40 original Catlin paintings exploring his representation of the Native American/buffalo relationship, and opens May 10 at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY.

George Catlin was among the earliest artists of European descent to chronicle the massive herds of buffalo roaming the Great Plains of the American West. In many works, Catlin portrayed how truly imbedded the great mammal was in the daily lives of American Indian tribes. His brilliant canvases show how the buffalo was used in multiple facets of daily life, from food and shelter to ceremony and naming. Catlin noted that without some greater measure of restraint on the part of advancing settlers, the buffalo would soon be eradicated from the plains. He called for the establishment of a “nation’s Park” set aside from development as a refuge for both buffalo and native tribes. His vision came true, in part, in 1872 with the foundation of Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. This major travelling exhibition runs from May 10, 2013 through August 25, at the NMWA, before moving to the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, in October 2013 and further venues in 2014-2015.

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