One hundred and eighty-nine years ago German explorer, naturalist and ethnographer Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied set out to research and record a scientific and comprehensive account of the tribes and natural environment of the Upper Missouri River. He was accompanied by a young Swiss artist, Karl Bodmer, who, at the age of 23, was a skilled but unknown painter and engraver. Bodmer had accepted the Prince’s offer of employment. He would produce the visual documentation in the form of paintings and drawings the Prince’s research would require in exchange for a salary and two years of travel in America.