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Title:
Sacred encounters : Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West
Author:
Peterson, Jacqueline, 1943-
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Publication Information:
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [1993]

©1993
Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
"The De Smet Project, Washington State University."

Issued in conjunction with an exhibition organized by Washington State University in collaboration with the Cheney Cowles Museum, and in cooperation with the Jesuit Missouri Province Archives and the Coeur d'Alene and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780806125756

9780806125763
Format :
Book

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Central Library E78.R63 P47 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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Documents an extraordinary exhibition organized by Washington State University in collaboration with the Cheney Cowles Museum. The exhibit focused on the encounter and mutual impact of Catholic and Native American Indian religions and cultures in Montana, Idaho, and Washington, beginning with Pierre-Jean De Smet of Belgium meeting the Salish (or Flathead) in the early 1840s. Explanatory captions and text accompany an abundance of beautifully presented artwork, craft pieces and clothing, photos, maps, and documents intended to convey the content of each culture and point of view and how they juxtaposed and intermeshed. Only the sound segments of the exhibit are missing. 9.75x11" Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Summary

For nearly 350 years after Columbus's landing, the remote Northern Rocky mountain homeland of the Flathead and Coeur d'Alene tribes remained a safe haven, virtually unmapped and unexplored by whites. But heralded by Indian prophecies and a request for missionaries, in 1841, the Belgian-born Jesuit Pierre-Jean De Smet arrived among the Flathead, or Salish, in western Montana. His dream of founding an empire of Christian Indians sparked instead a confrontation and dialogue between two sacred worlds: an invasion of the heart.

In full color, with two hundred illustrations, Sacred Encounters captures on the page the emotional tension, drama, and multiple voices of the exhibition of the same title. With the collaboration of more than one hundred Native American, Jesuit, curatorial, and academic consultants, Sacred Encounters bridges the fine arts, history, and ethnography to evoke the ongoing dialogue between Christianity and traditional Indian belief that produced new ways of life and new ways of believing for native and newcomer alike.

Among the illustrations are photographs of newly discovered drawings and watercolors by Jesuit artist Nicolas Point; maps by De Smet and Indian mapmakers; rare battle drawings by the Salish warrior Five Crows; and mid nineteenth-century Plateau and Plains Indian artifacts associated with the travels of De Smet, the Audubon expedition, fur trader Robert Campbell, and Canadian artist Paul Kane.


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