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The last best place : a Montana anthology

Author: William Kittredge; Annick Smith
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : University of Washington paperback editionView all editions and formats

This collection of vivid and compelling literature ranges across Montana's literary landscape in descriptions of explorers' discoveries, stories from mining and agricultural frontiers, and powerful  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Literature
Literary collections
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Kittredge; Annick Smith
ISBN: 0295969741 9780295969749
OCLC Number: 24067801
Notes: "A Montana Centennial book."
Description: xviii, 1158 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. Native American stories and myths. Long time ago, an introductory essay --
How the summer season came --
Power of the peace pipe --
The gambling contests --
How the morning and evening stars came to be in the sky --
Why the white man will never reach the sun --
The story of marriage --
Mia-Wa, the hard luck warrior --
The twelve moons --
Napi and the sun's leggings --
E-hyoph'-sta --
The bear butte --
The ghost owl --
Why the turtle's shell is checked --
Lodge-boy and thrown-away --
Divorced women --
Origin of the seasons --
Coyote kills the giant --
Coyote kills another giant --
How the sweathouse came to be --
The boy who was raised by seven buffalo bills --
Moon child --
The woman and the horse --
The bad wife --
The man who acquired invulnerability --
Wolf and the two-pointed buck --
The flying head --
The wolves' sister marries --
Frog takes a mate --
Mountain sheep boy --
Part 2. Journals of exploration. Montana is a foreign country, an introductory essay --
Selections from Original journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition, 1804-1806 --
How the ancient paigans lived --
Selections from Life in the rocky mountains --
Establishment of Fort Piegan as told me by James Kipp --
Selections from Letters and notes in the manners, customs, and condition of the North American Indians --
Selections from journal of a trapper --
My country --
Selections from The Missouri River journals --
Selections from Up the Missouri with Audubon --
A journey on a barge down the Missouri --
Pretty busy --
Selections from Miners and travelers' guide --
The seven visions on seven buttes --
Iron teeth, a Cheyenne old woman --
Journal. Part 3. Stories of early pioneers and Indians. Better than myth, an introductory essay --
Adler Gulch in 1863 --
The execution of the greaser (Joe Pizanthia) and Dutch John (Wagner) --
The arrest and execution of Captain J.A. Slade --
Selections from Plenty-coups, chief of the crows --
Selections from Pretty-shield medicine woman of the crows --
Our life's last chapter --
General Custer's last fight as seen by Two Moon : the battle described by a chief who took part in it --
A trip to the national park in 1877 --
I will fight no more --
The only way out is to fly --
Starvation winter --
A winter on the Mariahs --
I have a lodge of my own --
Selections from Transcript of the council meeting --
Selections from a bride goes west --
Selections from We pointed them north --
Selections from Forty years on the frontier --
The Indian and taxation --
Proceedings of a council with the Sioux Indians of the Fort Peck agency, Montana 1886 --
The story of a cowpuncher --
Lepley's bear --
Some liars of the old west --
Jake Hoover's pig (as told to Frank B. Linderman) --
End of the trail drive --
Yarns --
The circular story --
Stuttering Shorty Freighter --
Shooting fish --
My marriage --
Last busting out at bow-gun --
Part 4. Writings about Butte. Butte, America, an introductory essay --
When Bryan came to Butte --
When Bryan came to Butte, yesterday --
Jim --
The idealist --
Silver bow --
Selections from Wide open town --
Diary of a night nurse --
Selections from The story of Mary MacLane --
A working diaphragm --
God compensates me --
Selections from Glittering hill --
I found my likings in the mines --
A woman in green and a man in grey. Part 5. Remembering the agricultural frontier. Country, town, and reservation, an introductory essay --
They bought satin pajamas --
Homestead days in Montana --
Sheepherding on the sweetgrass --
And I was alone, all alone --
Member of the crew --
Survival on the high plains, 1929-1934 --
Selections from Back trail of an old cowboy --
Selctions from Snake tracks --
A toad in hell --
Mother's foresight --
Preceding the baptism of frost --
City room --
Meeting with Montana journalists --
Selections from Cheyenne memories --
Selections from The tragedy of the Blackfoot --
Grandfather and the popping machine --
Old man Boushie --
Part 6. Literature of modern Montana. Frontier dreams, and introductory essay --
Black cherries --
Ransom --
Topers --
The answer --
Village satiety --
Nights of evil --
Country doctor --
Selections from The surrounded --
Selections from Wind from an enemy sky --
The trouble with girls --
We played the flatheads at Arlee --
The rural telephone --
Agency town --
Cows --
Selections from Big rock candy mountain --
A song of the wire fence --
Selections from the big sky --
The ranch in the coulee --
The wind --
Vengeance --
Deliverance --
The stoic --
Horizons --
Selections from I am Lidian --
A poem on McCarthyism --
Selections from If a lion could talk --
The man who shot Liberty Valance --
Confessions of a telephone girl --
Selections from the black moccasin --
The Montana face --
Selections from Old man's garden. Part 7. Contemporary fiction. Montana renaissance, an introductory essay --
A river runs through it --
Selections from the death of Jim Loney --
Selections from Winter in the blood --
Selections from Fools crow --
Harlem, Montana : just off the reservation --
The man from Washington --
In my first hard springtime --
The heart of the game --
Visitors --
Selections from The wrong case --
Gent --
Enter Ramona, laughing --
Raising goats --
The good woork of chickens --
Cody and Terry --
Selections from The house of sky --
Selections from Dancing at the Rascal fair --
Forby and the Mayan maidens --
Drinking and driving --
Phantom silver --
Eclipse --
Jeremy Bentham, the Pietá, and a precious few greyling --
Pages from my notebook --
Communist --
The medicine of Albert Heavyrunner --
The harder they come --
The birthing --
Selections from rain or shine, a family memoir --
The blue bear --
Saving the dead --
Perma red --
Part 8. Contemporary poetry. Words and space, an introductory essay --
The milltown union bar : you could love here --
The milltown union bar --
West marginal way --
The squatter on company land --
Galileo's chair --
Spinazzola : quella cantina là --
Silver star --
Missoula softball tournament --
What thou lovest well remains American --
Letter to Hill from St. Ignatius --
With Ripley at the grave of Albert Parenteau --
White center --
Glen Uig --
The right madness on Skye --
Making certain it goes on --
Degrees of gray in Philipsburg --
The entomologist's landscape --
Fox fire --
A fish to feed all hunger --
Look into the clouds --
Blue sky, the girder falling --
The odd woman --
In the hellgate wind --
Existing light --
The pink butterfly --
Lost --
This life --
For all the sad rain --
Wounds --
Missoula in a dusty light --
News from the glacier --
Walking into silence --
Preparing for dark --
December spearing --
Wild horses --
Horse --
North of roundup --
The glass trout --
The blind horses --
Gimp O'Leary's iron works --
And she is there with laughing --
Reincarnation --
The lease hound --
Fanning the flame --
Gertrude Stein almost comes to Helena, Montana but does not --
An elegy for Leila --
From my partner and I : an apology --
Print --
Circle of struggle --
The difference in effects of temperature depending on geographical location east or west of the continental divide : a letter --
Headwaters --
Rules --
Anastasia's afternoon --
Snakes --
Montana ecologue --
The ten thousand things --
Headwaters of the Marias --
Room at flathead --
Neola --
Stone woman --
Star quilt --
Lynn point trail --
Winter love --
In the great bear --
Ursa Major --
The heavyweight champion pie-eatin' cowboy of the west --
Escorting grammy to the potluck Rocky Mountain oyster feed at Bowman's corner.
Responsibility: edited by William Kittredge and Annick Smith.


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[A] good introduction to Big Sky literature. -- Marilyn Dahl * Shelf Awareness for Readers *

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