Phillip

Interviewee

Phillip Bisnett

Interviewer

David Louter

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Description

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 kid, near his family ranch at the base of the mountains. He discusses the Blackfeet tribe’s use of the trail for transporting people and goods before their land was taken by the U.S. government and they were forced onto a reservation. Bisnett speculates that the trail may have been used by the Flathead and Shoshone people during the time of Lewis and Clark. He also recalls discovering a cairn built along one of two large springs where native artifacts have been discovered in concentration.

Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

Indian trails; Blackfeet tribe; Teepee rings; Flathead tribe; Shoshone tribe; Cairns; Stone sculptures; Plains Indians; Old North Trail, Montana; North-South Trail, Montana; Augusta, Montana; Choteau, Montana; Dupuyer, Montana; Sheep Creek; Birch Creek; Travois; Dog travois; Horse travois; Bering Land Bridge; Native American artifacts; Archaeology; Prehistoric Peoples of North American; Sheepherders’ monuments

Original Date

9-20-1986

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

Old North Trail Oral History Project, OH 167, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 167-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:50:19 minutes

Local Filename

OH_167_002.mp3; OH_167_002.pdf

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