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New Look at 1846 Trek through Blackfeet Nation Topic at MHS

Friday, May 12, 2017/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF 1846 TREK THOUGH BLACKFEET COUNTRY TOPIC AT MHS

                You can’t go back in time, but you can gain new historical perspectives from the accounts of those that left us their stories.

                On Thursday (May 25) at 6:30 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society Sally Thompson will present a free public program, “Following Nicolas Point trough Blackfeet Country,” to delve deeper into the writings and drawings that the Jesuit priest left us.

                In 1846 in what is now northwest Montana, Point spent eight months on a trek to meet  the various bands of the Blackfoot Confederacy living in that area. He produced a visual record of the places and people he encountered that today provide an unparalleled visual record of traditional Blackfeet life in those times.

                Thompson, a Missoula archaeologist, ethnographer and ethno historian will talk about a collaborative project with a group of modern day Blackfeet to study and gain new perspectives on Point’s work.

                She and her partners have been exploring the 1846 images from the perspective of cultural insiders, who can add to the scholarship based on Point’s work.  

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