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Event History :
- 2014 April Auction (sold $43,200)
Signed: "Tom Lovell NAWA (c) 1987", l/l
In The Art of Tom Lovell: An Invitation to History, The Helpers is illustrated in a full 2 page spread. The following is a description by Walt Reed, a collaborator with the artist in the production of the book.
The Mandans were a sedentary people who farmed & hunted along the upper Missouri river on the eastern edge of the Great Plains. Mandan women cultivated corn, squash, & beans in the fertile soil along the riverbanks, & the men made annual expeditions to hunt buffalo.
Early on a cold, winter morning, an old Mandan woman has gathered firewood & loaded it on a travois with the help of her grandchildren. The village is quiet; snow lies deep on the lodge roofs; & most families still sleep huddled in warm, buffalo robes. The once proud Mandan people would be ravaged by a series of epidemics as a result of contact with white men. In 1837 smallpox killed hundreds.