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
Although they failed in creating a reduction, Point’s experiences did expose this part of the New World to life beyond the Rockies. Christianity spreading into the region, even into the Blackfoot tribe. A Blackfoot chief agrees to be Baptized along with his 26 lodges. Pierre Ignace and Damas, son of Chief Gabriel, display their crosses prominently in a testament to the Jesuit’s success. But the reduction never materialized, and the final piece shows the Native Deputation to Washington D.C. in 1851, several years after Point left the area. The Northern Rockies had been opened to the rest of the nation.
Written and narrated by Liam Brew.