Blackfeet John L. Cutapuis Clarke and the Silent Call of Glacier National Park
America's Wood Sculptor

by Dr. Larry Len Peterson

published by Larry Len Peterson

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • Raised at the edge of what would become Glacier National Park on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and robbed of his hearing by scarlet fever at age two, John L. Clarke overcame many hardships to become a celebrated and widely collected artist. He rose to fame by applying his passions for the Glacier country, its wildlife, and Native Americans to the arts of wood carving, sculpture, sketching, and painting. Author Larry Len Peterson accompanies the tale of this Blackfeet icon with photographs, printed materials, full-color images of his artworks, and images of contextual works from other famed artists of the time to provide a unique view of the artist’s historic and cultural milieu—a view at once panoramic and intimate.

432 pages, 10 x 12, 493 illustrations, index, Sewn

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9781591522355

February 2019





Blackfeet John L. Cutapuis Clarke and the Silent Call of Glacier National Park
America's Wood Sculptor

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Dr. Larry Len Peterson is an award-winning scientist, physician, cultural historian, and author. Above all, he is a searcher. Peterson grew up in Plentywood on the Great Plains of northeastern Montana north of Fort Union and next to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. He graduated from the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland and completed an internal medicine internship, a residency in the visual field of dermatology, and a NIH research fellowship. His distinguished biographies on Glacier National Park include The Call of the Mountains: The Artists of Glacier National Park and John Fery: Artist of Glacier National Park & the American West. Other noted books by the author are Charles M. Russell, Photographing the Legend: A Biography in Words and Pictures; Philip R. Goodwin: America’s Sporting and Wildlife Artist; and L. A. Huffman: Photographer of the American West.

In its year-end Best of the West Collector’s Edition, True West Magazine rated Peterson 2018 Best Author and his American Trinity: Jefferson, Custer, and the Spirit of the West (Sweetgrass Books), as 2018 Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Its highly regarded book review and senior editor Stuart Rosebrook, Ph.D., wrote, “The end result of Peterson’s introspective journey as an author, scientist and Westerner is his publication of the most reflective philosophical history of American history published in the past 50 years.” 

Peterson is also the recipient of the C. M. Russell Heritage Award, Western Heritage Award, the Scriver Award, the High Plains Book Award, and the Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. 

Dr. Peterson lives with his wife, LeAnne; Vizsla dogs Abby and Beau; and two horses, Big Sky and Sunny, on their Spirit of Winter Ranch near Sisters, Oregon, in the shadow of the Three Sisters Mountains—Faith, Hope, and Charity. The aroma of Sweetgrass makes him homesick.

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