By Anthony Wood The American West—which in the late 19th century was the most ethnically diverse region in the country—is now home to fourteen of the twenty whitest states in the nation. By in large, historians continue to grapple with this incongruity by expressing it as a demographic event wherein the number of white migrants … More Whitening the Western Body
By Marley McLaughlin In the early 2000s, researcher and journalist Marla Cone published a book unlike anything the field of environmental history could have predicted; her book, Silent Snow: the Slow Poising of the Arctic, cites that over 67 tons of Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) along with other “Dirty Dozen” so-called legacy mass contaminants (DDT, miradex, … More The Environment, the Body, and the Poisoned Arctic Ocean: Observations on Marla Cone’s Book, Silent Snow: the Slow Poisoning of the Arctic
Join us and The Center for Western Lands and Peoples for the next installment of their Western Film Series on Thursday, February 24th at 6 pm in the Museum of the Rockies’ Hager Auditorium. The evening’s screening will be The Searchers (1956), with an introduction by Professor Andrew Patrick Nelson.
by Anthony Wood Historian Richard White suggested that many of the leisurely, outdoor activities that Americans engage in today are an attempt to mimic the labor of earlier generations. In the American West, we might see this in the veneration of white mountain men in current pastimes like camping and hunting, or floating and rafting … More Race, Mountain Bikes, and the Myth of the White Wilderness Experience
By Adam Negri Sometimes simple is best — “no poop pipe in Big Sky.” The Bozeman Chronicle, on November 23, 2017, broadcasted what, I presume, is good news to most. After nearly a year of meetings, the “Big Sky Sustainable Water Solutions Forum,” “agreed upon a set of recommendations for preserving the health of the … More Placing Our Poop: Our Relationship to Wastewater in the Gallatin River
By Birdie Kushner THE WHITE COWBOY cannot be ignored, as far as canonical symbols of mass American culture go. It was White Cowboy who drove American tourism, industrialization, tobacco industries, and high fashion to the rugged Montana landscape, even before the technological advent of western film or Marlboro cigarette commercials. Before the mass proliferation of … More Charlie Russell’s Cowboys: Fashioning the Montana Male Body