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Title: After, Before the Pain

Date: 1995-96

Creator: Frederick R. McDonald

Additional Creator Information: Nehiwyan (b. 1957)

Medium: acrylic on board

After, Before the Pain depicts the heartbreaking story of the Siksika chief Crowfoot and the loss of his nine children to tuberculosis and smallpox. It is a poignant reminder of the near-extinction of Native populations as a result of European contact. At the same time, it is a message of hope and spiritual renewal. McDonald's painting situates this image of Crowfoot and his family amidst a landscape where past, present and future coexist. McDonald suggests, "I think that he is now happy again and with his family, where life is better where the crows are there to protect them and where the buffalo is plentiful." -Gerald T. Conaty, Director, Indigenous Studies, Glenbow

Collection Area: Art

Rights Holder: Collection of Glenbow Museum; Gift of Michael Robinson, 2007

Catalogue No: 2007.005.001

Image No: P0012291

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This artwork can be used in conjunction with Honouring Tradition: Reframing Native Art education guide from the online teacher's resource series 21st Century Learning: Links to Our Collection.


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