Christian and Native Lives Converge

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

As Christianity became ingrained in nomad culture, it also become incorporated into everyday tribal life. “Christian Altar” shows the integration of Christian aesthetics with a Native teepee. The second and third drawings depict how their new religion became integrated into Natives’ lifestyles. In these two pieces, the entire tribe gathers for morning prayer in a teepee, and a Jesuit administers Eucharist near a small altar seen in the background despite the cold winter. “Salish Interior of St. Mary’s” continues this theme, as Jesuit images of Jesus have been incorporated with Native mats and carpets.

Written and narrated by Liam Brew.

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