Ume of footnotes This is one possible shortcoming given voluminous footnoting that corrects species names and how plausible or accurate Maximilian s sightings of certain species or geological features is likely to be based on current knowledge Another shortcoming is the paucity of footnoting of Maximilians observations on native thnography with the reader being referred to volumes of the Smithsonian handbooks of American Indians During the long hours of travel on the voyage with intermediate stops and
delays as for wood cutting or searching for a navigable such for wood cutting or searching for a navigable channel Maximilian compiled anecdotes and personal histories concerning many individuals both white and Indian This reaches the level of the personal and family situation of individuals such as an Indian he met and perhaps asked about who had mbarked to travel upriver and whose family was crying at his departure The highest level of adventure of the ntire trip is reached during the interval between Ft Union and Ft McKenzie reaching a peak during the several week stay there the farthest point of the Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America expedition Maximilian described the deadly skirmishes and raids that occur just outside the fort among the various tribes who came to trade at Ft McKenzie that resulted in several days of high alert by the Fur Company proprietors of the fort He understates the likely threat they faced His descriptions of the various Indian chiefs he met their bearing individual appearance and personalities receives the most depth of description there but is a steady feature throughout the trip The return trip downriver to Ft Union again in the late summer is described almost lyrically by Maximilian in passages that were reassembled by theditors from an Autobiography and Other Writings extended footnote to the diaryntries Reference to works by others on the magnificent artwork by Bodmer as a companion to this volume would nrich the njoyment of this diary. SkaMaximilian recorded detailed observations of flora fauna geology and climate From his uniue scientifically trained perspective he also undertook a serious field study of the cultures and languages of the central and northern Great Plains Indians he Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. encountered His journal contains important firsthand descriptions of tribal social customs religious rituals material culture and art as well as an account of Native interactions with Euro Americansngaged in the then burgeoning fur trade This book is published with the assistance of the National Historical Publications and Records Commissi. ,
A German aristocrat Maximilian von Wied describes his journey with the Swiss artist Charles Bodmer up the Missouri River in the Spring of 1833 and his return trip to St Louis in arly 1834 observing recording and commenting on the natural world of the native people living along the Missouri River and their lifeways as they xisted at the last instance before white settlement began in Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript earnest Vol 2 is the spring journey upriver from St Louis until the arrival back at Ft Union at the confluence of the Missouri and the Yellowstone on the return trip from near present Great Falls Montana This is a great read The diversity and abundance of flora and faunaverywhere at that time is fascinating to read The volume of detail is marvelous The Indian tribes he saw and described in his notes are too numerous to list here The well managed by the Indians wildness of the ntire region as to the availability of game is noted very day throughout the length of the river itineraries at all seasons The native Infamous employment of burning to renew thecological productivity of the riparian zone is noted often by Maximilian during the spring trip upriver The constancy of Indian utilization of resources associated with the river aside from the freuent sighting of groups of Indians or villages along the banks is Walled evident from Maximilian s almost daily observation of previously used hunting lodges shelters and signs of village sites throughout the length of the upstream and return trips In contrast the wanton slaughter of wildlife by the traveling party of U S Americans French trappers orngag s and the aristocrat and his staff is documented by Maximilian throughout the journey Scores of times the party would disembark from their boat during delays caused by snags low water
or sand bars and fan out to shoot verything in sight Maximilian comments onsand bars and fan out to shoot verything in sight Maximilian comments on the wastefulness of such forays only in pas. Few historical chronicles are as informative and louent as the journal written by Prince Maximilian of Wied as a record of his journey into the North American interior in 1833 following the route Lewis and Clark had taken almost thirty years arlier Maximilian's memorable descriptions of topography Native peoples and natural history were further brought to life through the now familiar watercolors and sketches of Karl Bodmer the young Swiss artist who accompanied himThe first of the three volumes of the North American Journals recounts the prince's journey from Europe to St Louis then th. Sing Thus conservation in any degree was not an "alien concept maybe only a concern among the most highly ducated or aristocratic of the whites In multitudes of " concept maybe only a concern among the most highly ducated or aristocratic of the whites In multitudes of buffalo Snowbound Seduction especially are killed and not used or shot and left to die Individual animals are killed for only the liver or tongue Maximilian s acute descriptions of the individual Indians hencounters are a highlight of the diarytravelogue The mannerisms appearance of notable and common persons of In the Surgical Theatre each Indian tribencountered are meticulously described The uniueness of the personal style or adornments is very often rendered with appreciation and to the finest detail Maximilian described a prevalence of robust health high level of personal hygiene and physical attractiveness among the Indians he met He is rarely condescending when describing what he saw as general tendencies of Indians such as their seeking after whisky and that they were in the main happy when drunk once concluding that they are child like in their fascination with bright colors There are observations he makes about offers of the providing sexual favors of others for liuor made without any xpression of shock or revulsion What this may say about any similar conditions in his own country is left to the reader Concerning flora and fauna diversity predominant species andwastefulness of forays onlythe wastefulness of
composition of plant communities is rendered in interesting detail at ach stage of the voyage It was interesting to me for many reasons that the predominant understory species in upper Missouri riparian forests was rose as it is no longer Also descriptions of wild vegetables that the Indians used which in many cases he was able to taste was also fascinating Maximilian catalogued Hometown Valentine every species of bird seen and noted geological features hour upon hour ofach day How useful any of this is or was ver seen to be to science is left unaddressed by the greatoverall composition of
Vol. E EdgeE dge the frontier Volume II vividly narrates his xperiences on the upper Missouri and offers an unparalleled view of the region and the peoples native to it In these pages we accompany Maximilian as he travels far up the Missouri River to Fort McKenzie a trading post some 2500 river miles from St Louis near what is now Fort Benton Montana The handsome oversize volume not only reproduces this historic document but also features very one of Maximilian's illustrations than 200 in all including nearly 50 in color from the original journal now housed at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha Nebra.