Bob Love Interview, October 23, 2001


Bob Love


Samantha Epstein



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Bob Love recalls moving from Western Pennsylvania, where he grew up, to Columbia Falls, Montana, where he’s lived since 1977. He describes his experiences with the local Blackfoot tribe, attending pow-wows and sweat lodge ceremonies, and how those experiences have shaped his own spirituality and philosophy of interacting with the natural environment. He discusses the concept of sustainable living, and the differences between Western and Native philosophy in terms of lifestyle and forestry. He recalls his time working as a logger and timber faller in Idaho and Montana for various logging companies, and his observations on the state of environmentalism in the logging industry. He discusses his philosophy on “re-inhabitation,” or becoming native to a place, childrearing, and general spirituality.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Upper Swan Valley Oral History Project, OH 422, 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 422-062, 063

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (01:00:00 min. each) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:00:12 minutes

Local Filename

OH_422_062_063.mp3; OH_422_062_063.pdf

Bob Love Interview, October 23, 2001