To the Native of the Eastern Woodlands the family was the center
of all things. The family was life, and life was the nation. Increased
pressure from white expansion and warfare threatened the nations
at their very core. More and more hunters, warriors, and Sachems
were forced afield, away from their homes and families. In this
painting we see the man of the family as he prepares for a journey.
He is father, husband and son to those around him. The eldest child
seems to cling not only to him, but also to the family, as her eyes
betray the sadness of the knowledge that possibly more than just
Father is leaving.