Samsara Chapman Duffey Interview, May 23, 2023


Beth Hodder, Kjell Petersen, Mark Hufstetler



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In this third interview, Sam Duffey discusses her daily routine when not looking for fires, including baking, knitting, listening to audiobooks, cooking, how she deals with garbage and storage, and other “odds and ends.” She talks of wildlife encounters, how often she leaves the lookout, making grocery orders, and how she conserves water. Sam also discusses her outhouse, or “out,” and using the rain gauge. Sam tells of seeing the northern lights, a great horned owl, and her romantic love affair with the stars. She discusses the Forest Service fire administration and the role lookouts play in the organization. Sam shares ideas of how to become a lookout, skills required, and the value of being a friend to oneself.


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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 453-027

Media Type

Moving Image; Sound; Text

Digital Format

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

Run Time

00:59:30 minutes

Local Filename

OH_453_027.mp4; OH_453_027.m4a; OH_453_027.pdf;

Samsara Chapman Duffey Interview, May 23, 2023