Von Reck's Voyage : Drawings and Journal of Philip Georg Friedrich Von Reck

 
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Von Reck: Lived- 1710 to 1798. He first traveled to Georgia in 1734, accompanying a group of Lutheran Salzburgers who established a settlement called Ebenezer. Ebenezer was moved in 1736 to New Ebenezer On the Savanna River. This is a reproduction of his journals. The new settlement was close to communities of Lower Muscogee Creeks and Yuchis, who had moved to Georgia from their ancestral homelands in eastern Tennessee. Von Reck regularly visited with Creeks and Yuchis and recording them in his travel diary, which he illustrated with 50 drawings and watercolor sketches. His writings were published back in the 18th century but his drawings remained unknown until they were rediscovered in 1977 at the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Many of von Reck's sketches were botanical or zoological specimens, accompanied by terms in Yuchi, Mvskoke, German, and sometimes French. His portraits of Yuchis and Creeks provide a window into their world prior to the American Revolution, when the deerskin trade with English flourished. Particularly interesting are the images and descriptions of personal attire. He writes, "The Indians are usually five to six feet tall, upright, with good feet, robust bones, yet delicate, fine, and longish fingers, and perfect breasts". He describes men cut their hair short, except for one long scalp lock. Women wore long hair, tied with red ribbons. Men painted their faces and chests, with red and blue pigment during ceremonial occasions, and red and black during warfare (45-6). Women only painted or tattooed their arms and chest. Indians wore earrings or feathers in their ears and rings with a bead through their nasal septa.

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