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Explore the Drawings: (click images to open in slideshow)
Artist: Nicolas Point, S.J. (1799-1868)
Medium: Pencil on Paper
Lender: Midwest Jesuit Archives
The original appeal of Christianity among the Natives was its power to provide “medicine” to improve their survival. Ignace became one of Point’s most successful converts in the early 1840s. Here, we see Ignace’s religious life. His intimate baptism shows the attraction of conversion, as his fellow Flatheads gather around him during the ceremony. The prayer for Ignace while he is dying is performed by the tribe, and his last rites mirror the intimate nature of his baptism. Finally, the funeral for Ignace displays the influence of both the man—the entire tribe appears to be in attendance—and Christianity.
Written and narrated by Liam Brew.