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Tobie Weist discusses how her work on the Northern Cheyenne reservation influenced her anthropology career. She describes the poverty on the reservation and how she and her husband struggled to become accepted within the community. She talks about her research on suicide rates and causes among the tribe. Weist notes her hesitance to teach indigenous studies at the University of Montana because she wasn’t an expert on the subject and isn’t indigenous. She compares her interactions with the Northern Cheyenne tribe to those with the communities in Botswana and Tanzania, noting the various difference and similarities. Weist talks at length about her work in Tanzania interviewing over 100 women. She recalls her extensive post-retirement volunteerism, serving for the Red Cross in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, working for the Peace Corps in South Africa, and working with local Missoula organizations to provide help in elementary schools and to help individuals displaced by forest fires. She concludes by talking about her family—children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She also reflects on anthropology as a 21st century profession and how the study of indigenous cultures should be approached.


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Document Type

Oral History


Subjects: Women anthropologists; Women anthropologists – Biography; Women anthropologists – Interviews; Anthropology; Anthropology--Montana; Native American women; Indigenous women; Indian women – Great Plains; Cheyenne women; Kinship systems; Cheyenne Indians -- Social life and customs; Indians of North America – Montana; Tsis tsis'tas; Cheyenne Nation; Indians of North America -- Rites and ceremonies; Tanzanian women; Anthropology – Tanzania; Sex discrimination; Gender identity; Sex role; Man-woman relationships; Peace Corps; Volunteers; Hurricane Katrina; Forest fires

Personal Names: Katherine M. Weist, 1937- ; Thomas Weist; John Woodenlegs, -1981; Belle Highwalking, 1892-1971

Corporate Names: University of Montana—Missoula

Geographical Names: Missoula (Mont.); Lame Deer (Mont.); Tanzania; Nigeria; South Africa; Louisiana

Occupations: Anthropologists--Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




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 471-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:30:52): digital + 1 transcript (20 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:30:52 minutes

Local Filename

OH_473_001.mp3; OH_471_003.pdf