"Sick and Starving"


During the 1880's, the Canadian Government made no effort to disguise its policy of starvation, in order to lever the Aboriginal people off their homelands on the plains and onto the reserves, thus opening their hunting grounds to land speculatores and settlers. European diseases continued to decimate the native population. Allocation of food, even on reserves, was meagrre and inconsistant, contributing to the general malaise and deterioration of a once proud and self-sufficient people.

In this painting, the prairie is barren: no bison; no tipis; horses and dogs all eaten. Only one man and his wife. He is wrapped in a tattered remnant of a tipi cover, while she huddles in the last of the buffalo robes. They are reduced to begging for food which had been promised, but had failed to appear.

24 x 48 inches    ||    acrylic on canvas     ||     $2500 Canadian

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