Missoula Music History Oral History Project

Buck Morigeau Interview, October 26, 2019


Buck Morigeau


Michael Larmann



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Buck Morigeau discusses his early interest in heavy metal music, and the formation of the Native metal band WarCry. He recalls playing in bars and other people’s houses on the Flathead Reservation during the early 1990s. He also mentions playing at Jay’s Upstairs in Missoula, Montana, and how the band was invited to play with Missoula-based band Humpy. Morigeau talks about his metal influences and interest in the heavy metal genre. He describes playing at venues in the Southwest and on the West Coast, including Native American reservations. Morigeau reflects on his Bitterroot Salish heritage and how it influences his music. He discusses the meaning of the band’s name and issues related to the politics and identity of being Salish.


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Document Type

Oral History


Subjects: Music; Music—History and criticism; Music—Montana—Missoula; Heavy metal (Music); Thrash metal (Music); Heavy metal (Music)–Salish Indians; WarCry; Salish Indians—Music; Bars (drinking establishments); Drinking; Drinking of alcoholic beverages; Alcoholism—Prevention; Salish Indians -- Montana -- Bitterroot River Valley – History; Salish Indians; Salish Indians—Social life and customs; Posters; Art; Sound recordings; Compact discs; Indians of North America; Concerts; Musical establishments; Rez metal; Music -- Economic aspects

Personal Names: Morigeau, Buck; Smetanka, Andy

Corporate Names: Jay’s Upstairs

Geographical Names: Flathead Indian Reservation (Mont.); Missoula (Mont.)

Occupations: Musicians—Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century; Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Missoula Music History Oral History Project, OH 473

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

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Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 473-005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:51:07): digital + 1 transcript (24 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:51:07 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_005.mp3; OH_473_005.pdf

Buck Morigeau Interview, October 26, 2019