Russell Lee. Miner waiting to take the cage down into the mine, Butte, 1942. Courtesy Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection (LC-YSW3-008150-D).
Above: Joeann Daley. Daly's Town, 1970, etching, 12 ½ x 7". From the Anaconda Series. © 1970 Joeann Daley. Below: Lisa Wareham. Framed, July 16, 2008, digital photograph. © 2008 Lisa Wareham.
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“The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe’”: The Little Shell Tribe’s America is deeply researched and impressive in its coverage of time and space. It’s valuable both as information and evidence and as a work that connects family and community histories to provide fuller understanding of broader historical patterns – and of persistent misunderstandings. I feel I’ve learned a lot, not only about the history of the Little Shell but also about Indian history in Montana and northern borderlands history in general. I wish every success with this important work.
—Colin G. Calloway, Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, and author of One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark
"Wahkohtowin, which means family in our language, Creator’s family, is the circle that binds us together: human, animal, plant, the earth, and the sky world. “The Whole Country was . . . ‘One Robe’” is about wahkohtowin and niwakomahkanak, all my relations, and how through landloss, dispersal, oppressive legislations – and finally being rendered invisible – the Little Shell people persevered. Their story is about great strength and courage, but more importantly it is a story of faith in the Creator, the spirit of the homeland, and in themselves. It is told from a gentle place by a good storyteller, knowledgeable historian, and friend of the people. I urge you to read it, reflect on it, and change the shameful way our mutual countries and governments treat Indigenous peoples, and in the end rob all our children of a rich inheritance."
—Maria Campbell, an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Trudeau Fellow, recipient of the Canada Council Molson Prize and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and author of the classic book, Halfbreed
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