This collection contains interviews detailing the Old North Trail in Montana that was located in Blackfeet territory and used by the Blackfeet tribe. The interviews were conducted in 1986 and 1987 by David Louter. The interviewees discuss the history, use, and location of the Old North Trail, also known as the Old North-South Trail, as well as their personal experiences studying and traveling it. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 167 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 4 interviews.
Adolph Dale recalls the first time he saw part of the Old North Trail as a boy in 1920, in the Teton Canyon of Montana. He explains how he became interested in learning about the indigenous peoples of Montana and the peopling of the Americas. ... Read More
Harold A. Nett
Harold “Tot” Nett describes his childhood in Augusta, Montana, and describes how his father and mother both came to Montana and settled along the Sun River. Nett mentions serving in the Marine Corps during World War One when he was stationed on the USS Pennsylvania, ... Read More
Phillip “Bud” Bisnett shares his knowledge of the Old North Trail. He speculates about its existence, location, and use by North American indigenous peoples as a travois trail. Bisnett describes growing up in Dupuyer, Montana, and how he discovered the trail for himself as a ... Read More
Richard Kenck describes his experiences growing up in Choteau and on his family’s ranch near the Bean Lakes. He tells about the Native students, most of them who were from the Cree tribe, with whom he attended school. He also recalls the history of his ... Read More