The Flathead Against the Blackfoot

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Description

Artist: Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799-1868)
Medium: Pencil on Paper
Lender: Midwest Jesuit Archives

The Flatheads and Blackfoot fought each other numerous times
during Point’s frontier experiences. Many of Point’s converts were known for their abilities at combat. Smoire was known to only fight the strongest of the Blackfoot, and had fought 65 battles without being wounded. Chief Victor was a very notable Flathead, and these three pieces display his many battles against the Blackfeet. At first he is seen pursuing his enemies. But the last two pieces show the Blackfoot surrounding the Chief, and Victor attempting to resist his capture. It took an entire camp of Blackfeet to capture him!

Written and narrated by Liam Brew.

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