Year of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department or School/College
Department of History
William Farr, Wade Davies, Trent Atkins, Frederick Hoxie
Blackfeet, Environmental, Montana, Piegan, Religion, Reservation life
The University of Montana
This dissertation is a new interpretation of the stories told by the Piegan people (now known as the Blackfeet) from 1880-1920, about their relationship with the natural world. It is a history of the transition to reservation life, the economy of the reservation, individual Piegan who told stories, the ethnographers who recorded the stories and what those stories tell us about Piegan views of the natural world. It is a blend of different methodologies within history: archival research, ethnohistory, oral history and first-person narrative. This new interpretation argues that although the transition to reservation life was difficult, the Piegan worked with ethnographers to share their stories, religious ideas and their view of the natural world which provided them stability and continuity since ancient times.
LaPier, Rosalyn R., "The Piegan View of the Natural World, 1880-1920" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4582.
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