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American Plains Bison
Rewilding an Icon
by James A. Bailey
published by James A. Bailey
- For many, plains bison are the embodiment of wildness and the pre-settlement American West. After millennia of evolution through natural selection, however, the species was nearly wiped out, only to be subjected to domestication for more than 100 years. Domestication alters the bison genome through inbreeding, crossing with cattle genes, shrinking genetic diversity and artificial selection. These forces continue to replace natural selection and valued wild characteristics of bison. Does the future hold only continued domestication for plains bison in the United States? With a view from over 50 years in the profession of wildlife biology, Bailey probes this and other questions inThe American Plains Bison: Rewilding an Icon. The book presents his original and lively analysis of 44 conservation bison herds on native range in the United States. He focuses upon the gray area between wildness and domestication and sheds light on domesticating practices of Native American and government agencies, as well as commercial bison producers. He challenges the profession of wildlife management to expand its views on manipulating wildlife populations. For bison, Bailey makes a strong case for creating large reserves to restore wild bison and their natural contributions to our grassland ecosystems.
AS I REMEMBER
Vol. I & Vol. II
Stories of Eastern Montana's Early Settlers
As told to Mrs. Morris (Gladys) Kauffman
In 1964, during Montana's territorial centennial celebration, Mrs. Kauffman noticed the dwindling numbers of the pioneers who had settled Eastern Montana. Someone really should record their stories!
Although she had 9 children, the youngest still a baby, she set out to interview as many settlers as possible. Over the next 10 years she recorded the stories of over 160 pioneers and published those stories in the local newspaper, the Ranger Review.
Badlands of the High Plains
photography by Chuck Haney
An appreciation, in color photography, of the subtle and dramatic beauties of the badlands of the northern plains.
Included are: The Monuments, Toadstool Geological Park, Oglala National Grasslands, and Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska; Badlands National Park, South Dakota; Little Missouri National Grasslands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota; Hells Half Acre and Vedauwoo Rocks, Wyoming; Wild and Scenic Missouri River, Missouri Breaks, Makoshika State Park, Medicine Rocks State Park, Terry Badlands, and Jerusalem Rocks, Montana; Drumheller, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, Alberta.
The Fence That Changed the West
Author: Joanne Liu
In a style that will capture the interest of adult and teen readers, Barbed Wire: The Fence That Changed the West reveals the surprisingly critical role the invention of barbed wire played in the settling of America. From the legal battles over barbed wire patents to the brutal fencing wars that erupted on the frontier and the ultimate end of the open range, author Joanne Liu tells the fascinating story of how a simple twist of wire transformed a country’s landscape and ushered in a new way of life.
Bedside Book of Bad Girls
Outlaw Women of the American West
by Michael Rutter
Meet Kate Bender, who brutally murdered as many as thirty people in Kansas, including children, and buried them in her family's orchard; Laura Bullion, the only woman to participate in a Wild Bunch train robbery; and Madam Vestal, a one-time Confederate spy who organized the famous Deadwood stagecoach robberies. Witness the execution of Elizabeth Potts and Ellen Watson, the first women hanged in Nevada and Wyoming.
Drawing on fact and folklore, author and historian Michael Rutter brings 21 gun-slinging "bad girls" to life, and explores their motives, hopes, and dreams. He dispels many of the myths about these female outlaws, for sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.
Featuring forty-two historical images, Bedside Book of Bad Girls sheds light on figures and events often shrouded in fabrication and fantasy. Meet these fascinating characters, complete with their pistols and petticoats, their knives and knaves, their vices and victims.
A Boy & His Plane
Boy Genius, Inventor, Dirigible Pilot, and Aviator: Cromwell Dixon
For nearly a century, the accomplishments of a bold and audacious young aviator named Cromwell Dixon have been lost to history. But with the approaching 100th anniversary of his record-setting flight in 2011—and his violent and untimely death—the life story of this remarkable prodigy is finally emerging.
Hailed as a mechanical genius in 1907 at the age of 13, teenage inventor Cromwell Dixon built and flew airships in Ohio before signing on with the famous Glenn Curtiss in New York and flying the world’s first airplanes. At the time, he was youngest licensed pilot in the nation.
At age 19, Dixon became the first pilot in history to fly over the Continental Divide. He made the landmark flight over the Rocky Mountains near Helena, Montana, in 1911, a triumph that made news around the country. Just two days later, while performing an exhibition flight for the state fair in Spokane, Washington, a sudden and violent crash took young Dixon’s life.
Like the tale of Icarus, Dixon’s story is one of great daring, accomplishment, and tragedy.
Call Me Thomas
Dreaming of being a leader, someone all the rats would admire, taking his place at the head of the pack, is Tom’s ultimate desire.
What Tom doesn’t have is confidence, nor a plan, nor a schedule, nor common sense.
He just has a dream that he keeps to himself, then with a sigh sets back on the shelf.
But something’s in store to wake this rat up, to make him start moving, get him off of his butt.
Kicked out of his pack, ‘cause he doesn’t obey, Tom needs to decide if he’s fighter or prey.
His future depends on the choices he makes when obstacles stand in his way.
Can Tom find the courage and strength that he needs to win at the end of the day?
I grew up with homemade bedtime stories told to me by my mother, father and older sister. It wasn’t until fifth grade, after writing my first poem that I realized telling stories was in my blood too.
Fiction has always intrigued me. It is always more fun to make something up and try to prove it, than to write something that had already happened.
Working in the high school library in a small Montana town, was the perfect backdrop to feed my desire to read and write more stories. I took every opportunity to convince the students they should do the same.
I have received diplomas from Institute of Children’s Literature for Writing for Children and Writing and Selling Children’s and Teenagers books.
My husband and I live in Eastern Montana and split my time between family and writing.
The Casebook of Sheriff Pete Benson
by John S. Fitzpatrick
Pete Benson was a big-city police detective. His job was intense, dangerous, and 24/7.
He loved it.
But he also had a loving wife and two young children he hardly saw.
So he made a choice.
Now Sheriff Pete Benson patrols Rhyolite County, Montana. His beat is bigger than some states, but it’s beautiful country with tall mountains and broad valleys—and more cows than people.
Rodgersburg, the county seat, has fewer than three thousand people. That’s where Benson and his family live, where he gets the daily gossip from the regulars at the Apex Bar, and where he knows most everyone and they know him.
Most people in Rhyolite County are good, honest, friendly folk—a bit quirky sometimes, but loveable. There’s Bootsey Gorman, an octogenarian prospector still looking for the one big mine he can call his own. And Mandy Lynn Marks, the town beauty who leaves a trail of bruised hearts and broken marriages in her curvaceous wake. And Kay Best, the sheriff’s indispensable right-hand “man” —when she isn’t playing practical jokes on him.
Of course, even in paradise trouble sometimes comes calling. Fortunately, Sheriff Pete Benson is on the job. He loves it.
These are his stories.
There is an unknown predator in a tiny Montana town in 1920. Older women are disappearing in staggering numbers, fourteen so far.
When Clara Terrel, a faith-filled prairie wife, learns the terrifying truth - that men are having their menopausal wives arrested, tried, and sentenced to the state insane asylum - she narrowly escapes the same fate.
At the state capital, Clara fights to have the fourteen women released and to take down the powerful, ruthless men responsible for the injustice. Annie Hazelton, Clara's charismatic, progressive friend; Connor Sullivan, a passionate attorney; and Maxwell Heinz, an awkward yet powerful man in the capital, help Clara in her quest for justice.
The four of them form a strong bond as they face danger, murder charges, and disbelief; and along the way, they uncover facets of themselves that have long lain dormant.
Although a story of fiction, The Change has truth at its roots.
The Charcoal Forest
How Fire Helps Animals & Plants
Author: Beth A. Peluso
Unlike most books, which concentrate on the fire itself, The Charcoal Forest explores the new habitat created by the fire. Focusing on the Northern Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada, the book describes twenty species of animals and plants that contribute to the reclamation and renewal of the charcoal forest. Why do some beetles fly toward a fire? Why will you almost never see a black-backed woodpecker outside of burned areas? How do fires help grow yummy treats like huckleberries and morel mushrooms? Kids and adults will delight in discovering the answers to these and other burning questions-and don't forget to find the black-backed woodpecker in every picture!
The Cowboy Years
Charlie Russell: The Cowboy Years is not an art book, research paper, or novel, and its definitely not fiction. This engaging narrative chronicles the eleven years Charles M. Russell spent on the open range of Montana working as a cowboy, from 1882 until 1893. With Charlie cast as the centerpiece--which he often was during this period--with a supporting cast of friends and horses, this colorful history is filled with adventure. These years as a working cowboy were a formative time for this talented and complex artist, a man of integrity who had a great sense of humor, both childlike and raucous.
Saddle up, and ride along with Charlie and his friends. Tighten your cinch, adjust your stampede string, keep a leg on each side, and expect to have a good time!
Dale Burk’s Montana
An Exquisitely Beautiful, Big Format Color Book.......
In vibrant text and stunning color photographs, author Dale Burk takes you into the heart and soul of the wild Montana he’s both lived and worked in all his life. Long one of Montana’s most widely published writers and photographers, in this new very personal book he offers a moving essay about Montana combined with 150 superb color photographs of Montana scenes, its seasonal moods and variations, and its people and wild creatures.
Jack Weidenfeller of Missoula, in his Foreword for “Dale Burk’s Montana,” calls this beautiful book “a tribute to the state that is the love of his (Dale’s) life, a place, a land, a spirit that in its non-uniformity and majestic grandeur not only inspires awe and captures imagination, but evokes a loyalty and in turn a responsibility to recognize its beauty and conserve its riches. In this book, Dale, whose third-generation roots lie deep in northwestern Montana, succeeds in painting a picture of Montana’s geological and cultural diversity, of its history and the impact of the people who have shaped and scarred it, and of the current struggle to control the forces both within and without the state that are continually besieging this ‘one of a kind’ place....”
“Dale Burk’s Montana” was issued in large 8x10-inch format to emphasize the many color photographs of scenic grandeur and subtle, smaller elements of life in the Big Sky Country that usually elude notice. In short, the book is a very intimate and personal essay in text and photographic form about a land the author loves. Weidenfeller notes: “For readers who know and love Montana, these original pictures will illuminate regions seldom seen, stir up memories, inform and evoke sentiments of pride and attachment, of anxiety and defensiveness. Readers unfamiliar with Montana will find in the pages of this book romance, unforgettable scenes of fierce and majestic beauty, pock-marked history and haunting questions in the context of the writer’s passion for a land that has been described as ‘uncommon’ and ‘nothing better anywhere else’.”
This is a big, beautiful book, issued in both softcover and hardcover editions, 160 pages, with 150 full color photographs.
by Leland Howard and Lynna Howard
photography by Leland Howard
published by Al’Myra Communications
The beauty of eastern Montana’s rolling prairies, wild rivers, and far-flung ranches is captured like never before in Eastern Montana, published by Al’Myra Communications of Miles City. With stunning full-color images by award-winning photographer Leland Howard and insightful writing by Lynna Howard, Eastern Montana is an informative and beautiful celebration of the culture and landscapes of this unique region, a treat for even longtime Montanans.
In 1894, at the age of 26, Evelyn turned to the burgeoning art of glass-plate photography as a way to support the Camerons' struggling horse ranch, producing some of the most remarkable images of pioneer life ever seen.
Often riding twenty to thirty miles roundtrip, carrying her nine-pound camera around her waist and her wooden tripod in a gun scabbard, she spent thirty-four years documenting eastern Montana. She captured western landscapes: the ruggedly beautiful badlands, vast expanses of unfenced prairie, and otherwordly sandstone formations. And she photographed western characters: sodbusters, cowpunchers, and sheep shearers, stern-faced ranch families, and hopeful, dreamy-eyed immigrants. She also produced some of the first photographs of North American birds.
Evelyn Cameron: Montana's Frontier Photographer showcases 117 of the finest and most fascinating images by this adventurer, homesteader, ranchwoman, and great American photographer.
AWARDS: Honor Book, Montana Book Awards, 2007
Eye of the Explorer
Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey, 1853-54
In the 1850s, Congress authorized and funded five railroad surveys to determine the most practical route for a transcontinental railroad through the western frontier. The northernmost survey, headed by Maj. Isaac Stevens, was the most successful, both scientifically and geographically. Along with the data assembled by numerous scientists and surveyors was the work of two artists, John Mix Stanley and Gustavus Sohon. Their illustrations graphically documented the physical and cultural geography of the northern Great Plains and Pacific Northwest, with a particular eye for Native American life. Eye of the Explorer: Views of the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey reproduces all seventy of the lithographs that appeared with Stevens’s final congressional report, published in 1860, as well as twelve of the lovely watercolor images from which the final prints were prepared.
These views depict landscapes of undisturbed wilderness, scenes from the explorers’ journey, and glimpses of settlements in the initial throes of development. The accompanying text tells the story of the survey party’s adventures, struggles, and day-to-day activities, and describes each image’s historical, geographical, and geological importance. Liberally scattered throughout are quotations from the report. Dozens of detailed maps, illustrations, and historical photos further illuminate this engaging history.
GLACIER GHOST STORIES:
SPOOKY TALES & LEGENDS FROM GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
BY KAREN STEVENS
Renowned worldwide for its magnificent peaks and pristine wilderness, Glacier National Park is also rich in legend, lore, and tales of strange encounters.
Some of the stories are chilling, others poignant. A few may even make you chuckle. Are the stories true? Well, when shadows swirl like phantoms across the mountains and the wind whispers in the trees, when campfires flicker dimly in the dark of night…anything seems possible.
Montana author and paranormal investigator Karen Stevens has written two previous books, Haunted Montana and More Haunted Montana.
Glacier National Park: Going to the Sun
By Mike Graf - Illustrated by Marjorie Leggitt
In the eighth book in the Adventure with the Parkers series, the Parkers visit Glacier National Park in Montana. As they enjoy the waterfalls and uniquely sculpted mountains while the park's glaciers glimmer above them, the Parkers learn that because of global warming, the glaciers may not last that much longer. During their family hikes they encounter a lot of wildlife, including moose, mountain goats, and grizzly bears, but the smoke and flames of summer fires may thwart their vacation plans. Will Dad be able to bike over Going-to-the-Sun Road in celebration of his fortieth birthday?
Going Along With Lewis and Clark
by Barbara Fifer
Topic-by-topic, visual treatment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition for children ages 8 to 12. Color maps, sketches, paintings, and photographs with fascinating text, presented in bright and active style, covering 'Who They Were,' 'People They Met,' 'What They Ate,' and more.
Good Montana Morning
Recipes from Good Medicine Lodge in Whitefish, Montana
by Betsy Cox
photography by Megan DiTizio
published by Good Medicine Lodge
After years of requests from guests asking her to write a cookbook, Betsy Cox--owner of Good Medicine Lodge in Whitefish, Montana--has finally done just that.
Good Montana Morning features 104 of the bed-and-breakfast's signature recipes.
Farmers markets and Cox's own personal garden inspire many of the recipes, which include egg dishes, fruit, french toast, waffles, pancakes, cereal, pastries, and cookies. The beautifully photographed cookbook includes several award-winning recipes.
Features inventive regional dishes such as Going-to-the-Sun Eggs, Huckleberry Vinaigrette, and Flathead Cherry Cobbler.
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the book to the Whitefish Food Bank.
For about $150 anyone can access the United States' multi-billion dollar GPS program. Using GPS Units: A Practical Guide for Hikers, Bikers, Paddlers, and Climbers shows readers how to plug in and enhance most any outdoor experience. Whether a hiker on a weekend trip through the Great Smokies, a backpacker cruising the Continental Divide Trail, a mountain biker kicking up dust in Moab, a paddler running the Lewis and Clark bicentennial route, or a climber pre-scouting the routes up Mount Shasta, a simple handheld GPS unit is fun, useful, and can even be a lifesaver.
Described in conjunction with today's most popular GPS software, easy to understand information in this guide enables readers to: >Plan a trip >Navigate along a route >Gather data from the outing >Analyze trip data after the trip Information is power, and a GPS unit is today's preferred tool to harness the power of navigational technology for a more enjoyable, more informative, and possibly safer outdoor experience.
A Hard Won Life
A Boy on His Own on the Montana Frontier
by H. Norman Hyatt
- Based on the hand-written memoir of Fred Van Blaricom, this true story recounts a life of hardship and hope in the Montana Territory during the late 1800s. Told in Fred’s affable voice and rich with historical detail,A Hard Won Life is a coming-of-age story packed with adventures and grounded in the remarkable lives of the earliest homesteaders—men and women—of the Lower Yellowstone. Meet young Teddy Roosevelt, famed buffalo hunter Vic Smith, saloon owners, devious outlaws, and persistent sheriffs. Working as a cowboy, young Freddie broke horses, helped catch a horsethief, survived the cattle-killing winter of 1886, and at age ten rode alone 100 miles to work a season on a ranch in the Dakota Territories. Fred’s was a life of struggle against many obstacles, but he overcame them or abided them with no complaint. As he himself put it: “The hero was throwed, but the horse was tamed.” Meticulously researched and superbly written, A Hard Won Life is a tale of bravery, determination, and one boy’s embodiment of the spirit of Montana.
BY KAREN STEVENS
Here’s your ghostly guide to spooks, spirits, and specters of Montana. From haunted hotels to eerie inns, this book will take you to all the spookiest spots in the state. Want to meet a phantom? Experience a poltergeist? Commune with the dearly departed? Let Haunted Montana lead the way to places you can stay to experience the other side.
Developmental Stages and Ethics
by Bob Norton, Ph.D.
This book challenges hunters to evaluate their personal motivations, behaviors, and ethics compared to 5,000 hunters who were participants in a pioneering research study. The study examined why hunters hunt, what they experience when hunting, and how they feel about laws, ethics, hunting groups, hunting methods, and numerous other subjects. The results provide one of the most in-depth and revealing examinations of North American hunting ever done.
"Every hunter should read this book. Each of us who hunts needs to reflect on our own ethics and remind ourselves of the privilege and responsibility we have as hunters. Read, enjoy, remember, and react as we project a positive image of hunting."
Captured in Photographs
Winner National Outdoor Book Award
With their striking looks, keen vision, and hunting prowess, the birds of prey—eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls—have long captured the human imagination. Now Raptors of the West, a collection of some of most remarkable and action-packed raptor photographs ever taken, can inspire your own imagination to take flight. This book, the latest collaboration by award-winning photographers Rob Palmer and Nick Dunlop and author/ photographer Kate Davis, is a glorious photographic ode to the forty-five birds of prey that roam the skies of the American West.
Instead of grouping the birds by type—owls with owls, hawks with hawks—the book has chapters arranged by the habitat type and region where each bird spends the breeding season. Whether you’re enjoying these pages from the comfort of your own armchair or taking a trip to the field you can see which birds to look for in that area—Swainson’s Hawks soar over grasslands next to Prairie Falcons while Cooper’s Hawks share mature forests with Flammulated Owls. While the 430 stunning color photographs are enough to set this book apart on their own, Davis’s informative and entertaining text completes the picture.
Roadside Geology of Montana
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Written with the non-geologist traveler in mind, this book describes the geology of Montana. It follows the highways descrbing the geologic features found along the most-traveled, major roadways. From the mystery of Glacial Lake Missoula to the mountains of Glacier National Park to the oil fields of Eastern Montana, curious travelers will learn about the geology of the Treasure State.
Rocky Mountain National Park Trivia
by John Daters
by Michael Bugenstein
A comprehensive history of Eastern Montana in nine chapters, as well as the experiences on an a long-term family ranch on the High Plains. Since the Days of the Buffalo covers important and little-known facets of Great Plains history including tribal migration and settlement, open range days, homestead life, railroads, horse capture and outlaws, and the effect of the Great Depression, New Deal, and war effort in Eastern Montana. Ranching topics cover droughts and water supplies, economic downturns, diversification, land disputes and inheritance issues, presented with a "human" perspective. Since the Days of the Buffalo is an easy-to-read reference, as well as a "road map" of what today's ranchers can expect in the future.
Take a seat at the table for mouthwatering Western cuisine:
-Blue Ribbon Caramel Cinnamon Rolls,
-Pine Nut-Crusted Goat Cheese,
-Warm Green Bean Salad,
-New West Clam Chowder,
-Brandied Apricot-Stuffed Pork Loin with Port Wine Glaze,
-Pan-Fried Rocky Mountain Trout with Hazelnut Butter,
-Wild Huckleberry Muffins with Orange Glaze.
Complementing the delectable recipes and 75 gorgeous photographs are excerpts from the works of Wyoming writers and delightful historical images.
An Exploration of The Tetons
photography by David William Peterson
Featuring text from "The Ascent of Mount Hayden," 1873, by Nathaniel P. Langford.
The moody landscape images of David William Peterson join the dramatic derring-do of Nathaniel Langford's 1873 "The Ascent of Mount Hayden" in this combination photographic portfolio/adventure story set in the Grand Tetons.
A comprehensive look at the geographic beauty of the state through 151 lively essays. Features 124 black-and-white photographs.
An Uncommon Journey
The History of Old Dawson County, Montana Territory
The Biography of Stephen Norton Van Blaricom, A True Story of the First Settlers of the Last West
by H. Norman Hyatt
Based on the memoir of Stephen Norton Van Blaricom, An Uncommon Journey details the origins of Dawson County, Montana, in the late 1800s.
The oldest of nine children, Van Blaricom left home at the age of thirteen and worked for many of northeastern Montana's earliest ranches. After working for the Northern Pacific Railroad, he married Maud Griselle, one of the first female telegraphers for the Northern Pacific.
More than a family history, An Uncommon Journey tells the personal stories of many of the first settlers of this last West: buffalo hunters, cattlemen, train drivers, early tradesmen, saloonkeepers, scallywags, and lawmen.
This is the story of many of the long-forgotten first settlers of old Dawson County and how they met the challenges of a country that was then primitive and remote at its best and deadly at its worst. For all of them it was, indeed, An Uncommon Journey.
Unforgettable Days Afield
A View from the Inland Northwest: Everyday Life in America
by Stephen J. Lyons
With sensitivity, compassion, and grace, author Stephen J. Lyons brings us into the lives of the loggers, chaplains, artists, migrant workers, and others who live their lives in the wide open spaces west of the Continental Divide.
Visions and Voices
Montana’s One-Room Schoolhouses
by Charlotte Caldwell
photography by Charlotte Caldwell
foreword by Ivan Doig
The story of Montana’s one-room schoolhouses, as recollected and recounted by those most intimately connected to those places, is the story of the American frontier and the high value placed on education by those who came to homestead, mine, or work the railroads. It is a story of the Western spirit and of a culture marked by tenacity and endurance. These stories—told by students and teachers, many of whom are now in their eighties or nineties—tell of adventures traveling to and from school, the school day, recess games, family life, daily chores, and above all, the sense of community, as defined by these iconic humble schoolhouses. Their voices share memories and perspectives about a way of life, gone for the most part, and breathe life into these visions of rural heritage.
The preservation of one-room schoolhouses is important, as they are among Montana’s first frontier structures. These treasures inform us about ourselves—our history and our culture—through the people who learned and taught in them.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds of this book will be donated to the Preserve Montana Fund, a campaign of collaboration between the Montana Preservation Alliance, the Montana History Foundation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This donation will serve to create a challenge grant, earmarked for Montana’s endangered one-room schoolhouses.
Wanted Posters of the Old West And Stories Behind the Crimes
by Barbara Fifer
and Martin J. Kidston
This rare collection of wanted posters from the American West is a historical treasure. The book's nearly 150 original wanted posters, fugitive notices, and Pinkerton Agency circulars are supplemented by fascinated details about the technology of identification, the history of wanted posters, and the stories behind the crimes, which ranged from horse theft, safe blowing, train robbery, seduction, ''white slavery,'' and murder. Posters for notorious bandits such as Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid are also featured.
"The Whole Country was... 'One Robe'":
The Little Shell Tribe’s America
Co-published by the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana and Drumlummon Institute
“The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe,’” by historian and folklorist Nicholas Vrooman, is an extraordinary account of an extraordinary people. Dr. Vrooman, after a lifetime of engagement with the history of a burgeoning and distinctive aboriginal amalgam culture on the Northern Plains, gives us the untold story of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana.
In twenty-nine meticulously researched chapters, Dr. Vrooman provides the full context for the Little Shell’s present-day circumstance in Montana, from origins in the Upper Midwest to their role as successful traders, buffalo hunters, guides, and scouts in North Dakota and Montana (on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border), to their struggle for survival on the margins of Montana towns through the 1950s.
Vrooman writes: “Because of intense historical prejudice, the members of the Little Shell Tribe of Montana live today in a very distinctive and critical conundrum within the greater society. . . . The grand narrative of the Little Shell is . . . one of immense courage, fortitude, resilience, perseverance, hope, and love. It is a story that comprises the deeper, truer telling of our continent’s history.”
Women in Wonderland
Lives, Legends and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park
by Elizabeth A. Watry
“Betsy Watry tells the tales of a dozen women, some of whom had short-lived adventures in Yellowstone National Park, but most of whom spent decades as rangers, scientists, interpreters, and entrepreneurs, shaping the Park’s physical and cultural landscape. This is a wonderful ‘hidden’ history, full of surprising stories, grounded in intensive research and written with charm.”
—Dr. Mary Murphy, historian and author of Hope in Hard Times
“For so long, Yellowstone National Park has needed a book about the women who stood and today stand tall in its history. At long last, Elizabeth Watry has produced it. Women across the nation should celebrate this book for its noteworthy contribution to women’s history, as we professional historians do.”
Lee Whittlesey, Park Historian, National Park Service, —Yellowstone National Park
“To read about Yellowstone National Park too often means viewing it through the eyes and exploits of men. By sharing the experiences and contributions of women who visited, lived, and worked in Yellowstone, Elizabeth Watry places women front and center in the Park’s wondrous history. Women in Wonderland is sure to become a treasured resource.”
—Diane Smith, author of Letters from Yellowstone
The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale
For sixty years, the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale has helped keep Western traditions alive. Begun as a way for local ranchers to get rid of “spoiled” and unruly ranch horses, the Sale today has grown into a four-day celebration of rodeo, ranching, arts, and culture. Every year, thousands of people from all over the country converge on this small city in eastern Montana. They are treated to concerts, horse racing, a parade, an art auction, and some of the most exciting rodeo ridin’ anywhere. The actual auction of bucking horses and bulls remains at the heart of the event, but the Bucking Horse Sale has become a celebration of all aspects of Western life. It is, quite simply, the Cowboy Mardi Gras.
In The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, author Sneed B. Collard III helps bring this Western celebration alive. Through extensive interviews, spectacular photographs, and an action-filled blow-by-blow account of the festivities, the author gives readers a ringside seat to this iconic event. Through his meticulous research and descriptions, he guarantees that the only thing better than reading this book is going to the Bucking Horse Sale itself.
30 Years of Stories & Photos
by Michael H. Francis
Few people know Yellowstone National Park as well as nature photographer Michael H. Francis. For thirty years he has worked and played in Yellowstone, his favorite place on the planet. This book is a collection of some of his favorite stories and photos, from bears and bison to weather and wildflowers. For anyone who loves Yellowstone, this is a memory book to treasure and enjoy.
Yellowstone National Park
The first national park in the world, Yellowstone National Park remains one of the nation’s treasures. It contains more than half the planet’s geothermal features—mud pots, hot springs, and geysers like Old Faithful. Yellowstone is equally famous for its remarkable assortment of animals, plants, and scenic views. With Yellowstone National Park: An ABC Adventure, join nature photographers KC Glastetter and Jeremie Hollman as they take readers young and old on a letter-by-letter photographic journey through the park.
by Janet Spencer
This fun-filled, fact-filled trivial extravaganza will keep you laughing, keep you learning, and keep you guessing. Trivia Queen Janet Spencer scoured libraries, archives, and museums for the oddest and most obscure figures, facts, and fascination she could find. The perfect campfire companion! Use the book to play a homemade version of Trivial PursuitTM. Keep a copy in your glovebox, or put it in your bathroom!
You Can Be a Nature Detective
Learn which moth or butterfly a caterpillar will turn into. Use clues left behind on the bark of trees to figure out what animal has been there. Study tiny holes in the ground to discover which creatures have been burrowing in the soil. Part field guide and part whodunit, You Can Be a Nature Detective has something for naturalists of all ages.