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Tobie Weist describes growing up on a farm in Ohio during the Second World War and what it was like to be surrounded mostly by women. She recalls her schooling at the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C. and Springfield High School in Ohio. Weist details experiencing a sexual assault when she was young and how that trauma has always stayed with her. She discusses how the lack of racial and ethnic diversity during her childhood influenced her decision to become an anthropologist. Weist talks about obtaining her B.A. in social work from Ohio State University, then deciding to go back to school for anthropology. She describes attending Stanford University and how the cultural anthropology field at that time was mainly populated with women scholars. Weist discusses her decision to move to the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana for her dissertation research, and how much she and her husband liked Montana. She talks about life in Lame Deer, Montana, and how she made friends with a number of Northern Cheyenne women, particularly Belle Highwalking, with whom she conducted a series of oral history interviews. She recalls the powwows and giveaways she attended, playing bingo with Belle and her friends, and why she refused to publish her dissertation after it was completed.


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Document Type

Oral History


Subjects: Women anthropologists; Women anthropologists – Biography; Women anthropologists – Interviews; Anthropology; Anthropology--Montana; Episcopal Church; Girls’ schools; Native American women; Indigenous women; Indian women – Great Plains; Cheyenne women; Farmers -- Ohio; World War, 1939-1945; Kinship systems; Cheyenne Indians -- Social life and customs; Indians of North America – Montana; Tsis tsis'tas; Cheyenne Nation; Giveaways; Peyote; Powwows -- North America; Indian dance -- North America; Indians of North America -- Rites and ceremonies

Personal Names: Katherine M Weist, 1937- ; Thomas Weist; Belle Highwalking, 1892-1971; Helen Highwalking; Richard E. Little Bear; John Woodenlegs, -1981; Elizabeth Colson, 1917-2016

Corporate Names: University of Montana—Missoula; Stanford University; Ohio State University; Miami University of Ohio; National Cathedral School for GirlsGeographical Names: Springfield (Ohio); Missoula (Mont.); Lame Deer (Mont.); Birney (Mont.)

Occupations: Anthropologists--Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Ohio; Montana



Original Collection

Katherine "Tobie" Weist Oral History Project, OH 471

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 more information, please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 471-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:23:30): digital + 1 transcript (17 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:23:30 minutes

Local Filename

OH_471_001.mp3; OH_471_001.pdf