Another thing of importance : Catlin says that the real wild Indians were "cleanly." They became "filthy" when half civilized. Cleanliness around the camp should be a law. When I camp, even in the Rockies, I aim to leave the ground as pure as when I came. I always dig a hole, or several if need be, and say: "Now, boys I want all tins, dirt and rubbish put here and buried. I want this place left as clean as we found it." This may be a matter of sentimental in the Western mountains, but in the woods near home you will find you will win many friends if you enforce the Mosaic law of cleanliness, burying all dirt and rubbish in order "that the land be not defiled".
All of the teepees shown on page 13 and 14 were taken from life out West, and they serve o show the great variety of decorations, as well as material. The Catlin teepee was of white leather, the Omaha of unbleached muslin, and the Gray Wolf teepee of red canvas. I came across this last on the Upper Missouri in 1897. It was the most brilliant affair I ever saw on the plains, for on the bright red ground of the canvas were his totems and medicine, in yellow, blue, green and black. The day I sketched it I got a new lesson in the need for watching and knowing the weather if you live in tents.
Gray Wolf had come to camp and I went down to see him and his wonderful teepee. But I happened ..text continues