People Before the Park
The Kootenai and Blackfeet Before Glacier National Park

by Sally Thompson
and Kootenai Culture Committee
and Pikunni Traditional Association

published by Montana Historical Society Press

  • Step out of a world governed by clocks and calendars and into the world of the Kootenai and Blackfeet peoples, whose traditional territories included the area that is now Glacier National Park. In this book, the Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes share their traditions—stories and legends, foodways and hunting techniques, games and spiritual beliefs. Readers will discover a new respect for the people who were at home in the Crown of the Continent, all around the seasons.

247 pages, 7 x 10, 95 b/w photos, 30 illustrations, 2 map(s), index, appendix, 14 hardcovers per case, 30 softcovers per case, Paperback, Cloth Bound Hard Cover

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9781940527710

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9781940527826






People Before the Park
The Kootenai and Blackfeet Before Glacier National Park

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Sally Thompson has spent over thirty years working with the Native tribes of the West.  Trained as an anthropologist (PhD, University of Colorado - Boulder), she has worked as an archaeologist, ethnographer, and ethnohistorian along the Rocky Mountains and in the Southwest.  She has a particular interest in collaborating with tribes to implement unique cultural preservation strategies particular to each tribe or region.

The Kootenai Culture Committee, established in 1975, has as its mission protecting, preserving, perpetuating, and enhancing the language, culture, and traditional lifeways of the Kootenai people.  The Kootenai Culture Committee is based on the west shore of Flathead Lake in Elmo, Montana.

The Pikunni Traditional Association represents ceremonial leaders from the Blackfeet Reservation.  Its purpose is to assist in keeping a positive and peaceful balance in the circle of life, emphasizing physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being.

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