Joseph Epes Brown Interview, February 28, 1986


Joseph Epes Brown


Ronald Craig



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Dr. Joseph Epes Brown describes how he came to the University of Montana in the fall of 1970 after having taught at Indiana University in Bloomington. He discusses his early education and career. Brown recalls the meaningful relationships that he had with the Abenaki elders near his home, and how as a teenager, he was introduced to the cultures of Southwestern tribes. He reminisces about meeting Black Elk and forging a close relationship with the well-known Sioux leader. Brown talks about the importance of Native American Studies in states like Montana where greater numbers of Native students are represented in the classroom. He notes that he feels the University of Montana has a responsibility to develop language learning curriculums within its Native American Studies program.


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Document Type

Oral History


Brown, Joseph Epes; Gallagher family; Missions, Montana; Missionaries, Montana; Black Elk; Abenaki tribe; Sioux tribes; Native Americans, Montana; Native American culture; Native American curriculum; Education, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana History Oral History Collection, 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 154-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (6 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:23:42 minutes

Local Filename

OH_154_001.mp3; OH_154_001.pdf

Joseph Epes Brown Interview, February 28, 1986