Samsara Chapman Duffey Interview, May 8, 2023


Beth Hodder, Kjell Petersen, Mark Hufstetler



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Samsara Chapman Duffey discusses being born in Missoula, Montana, but moving to Helena as a young child and growing up there. She says she started backpacking and camping then, learning how important the outdoors was to her. She talks of her older sister becoming a lookout at Prairie Reef and introducing Sam to the lookout world. Sam says she will be twenty-seven years this year on Patrol Lookout in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Sam tells of daily life in the lookout, including taking radio calls, making weather observations, following crews through the radio, and watching for fires. She also talks about how weather has seemed to change over time, and what the effects climate change may be having on weather, wildlife, and the Montana landscape.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Northwest Montana Lookout Association Oral History Project, OH 453, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 453-025

Media Type

Moving Image; Sound; Text

Digital Format

video/mp4; audio/m4a; application/pdf; text/plain

Run Time

01:08:39 minutes

Local Filename

OH_453_025.mp4; OH_453_025.m4a; OH_453_025.pdf;

Samsara Chapman Duffey Interview, May 8, 2023