Listen to the Tour:
Explore the Drawings: (click images to open in slideshow)
Artist: Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799-1868)
Medium: Pencil on Paper
Lender: Midwest Jesuit Archives
Rarely seen but widely feared, wolves were the top predator in the wild, and represented another dangerous aspect of frontier life. Only the bravest, such as the Native in the first piece, dared to hunt them. But despite the dangers, both the Jesuits and natives sought to thrive in the region. The terrain caused many a riders to fall of their horses, including the European Jesuits and indigenous-as depicted in the second drawing chiefs. Many of Point’s notable converts among the Flathead still struggled against forces of nature. Adolphe is seen here being set upon by four wild bears, and Gervais fends off the wild beast while his friend runs away!
Written and narrated by Liam Brew.