A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project



Tribal Elders Oral History Project

Lea Whitford
Cheryl Tailfeathers

Browning High School

2000-01

Students at Browning High School read novels and viewed films to get an overview of Blackfeet Tribal history. They visited the Glacier County Historical Museum, Buffalo Lake, and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, which has an extensive Blackfeet/Piegan collection. They created research files of documents, photos, manuscripts, maps, and artifacts. To focus their questions, each student talked to an older family member about what Browning was like two generations ago, how the community has changed, and what were some of the events that have changed people’s lives.

Don Barcus, media specialist and local television channel operator, and Darnell Rides At The Door, host of Indian Country, a monthly television program that airs on local channels, visited classes to teach interviewing skills. Working in small groups, students chose community members to interview, developed frameworks of questions, and set up the interviews. They transcribed their audio and video tapes, then chose specific topics for further research in the library.

They gathered extensive information about tribal societies and ceremonies, mission and boarding schools, natural disasters, and community members who had served in the armed forces. Each group selected a quote from their interviews along with a photo to create exhibits which were place in the school display cases as well as in businesses throughout the community. Students also created a PowerPoint presentation for the public at a Community Heritage Evening.

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