People of the First Man: Life Among the Plains Indians in Their Final Days of Glory: The Firsthand Account of Prince Maximilian's Expedition Up the Missouri River, 1833-34


Cloth Hardcover with Dust Jacket, 256 pages, 12 1/4" tall. Very Good. DJ is price clipped, has light chipping and yellowing along edges. Gift inscription on endpaper. Inside pages clean and binding is tight.In 1833 the German explorer and naturalist. Prince Maximilian zu Wied, together with Karl Bodmer, his Swiss-born artist companion, traveled some 5, 000 miles along the Missouri River during their yearlong sojourn with the Plains Indians. Man-dan. Blackfoot, Cree, Sioux, Minnetaree, Assiniboin, and Gros Ventres were among the diverse tribes of the Plains, where mastery of the horse had catapulted the Plains Indians to fame and undreamed-of material wealth less than a half century before Maximilian"s arrival in North America.In an economy enriched by bison and other plentiful game, warlike tribes on horseback produced a brief moment of Indian power and glory without benefit of a common language. Within a decade of Maximilian"s return to Europe, Manifest Destiny, accompanied by smallpox and alcohol, led to the virtual extermination of the Plains culture.Traveling as guests of the American Fur Company, which trafficked in pelts and illegal whiskey, the European travelers were quick to discern the Indians" fate. It became Maximilian"s and Bodmer"s dangerous task to live and travel among many tribes to record painstakingly their daily life and ceremonial activities.

Title: People of the First Man: Life Among the Plains Indians in Their Final Days of Glory: The Firsthand Account of Prince Maximilian's Expedition Up the Missouri River, 1833-34

Author Name: Prince Maximilian zu Wied; Davis Thomas [Editor]; Karin Ronnefeldt [Editor]; Karl Bodmer [Illustrator];

Categories: Native American, History,

Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.: 1976-10-28

ISBN: 0525177329

ISBN 13: 9780525177326

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 3-2-914

Keywords: Native American, Plains Indians, Prince Maximilian zu Wied, history, ,