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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 edition
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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: 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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