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History Book Club
The selection for July is Fools Crow, by James Welch. We will meet at the bookstore on Tuesday, July 30 at 5:30. Visitors are welcome to sit in, even if you haven't yet read this outstanding classic of Montana literature.
Set in Montana Territory between the early part of the 1860s and ending at about the time of the Marias Massacre in 1870, Welch's historical novel describes life among the Blackfeet just before the major push on the part of the Federal Government to exterminate the Indian way of life from the Territory. Welch, himself Blackfeet and Gros Ventre, incorporated his own family's story into parts of the novel. A student of poet Richard Hugo when at the University of Montana, Welch emphasizes storytelling in this book. The action through much of the book follows dreams and visions and is guided by spirit animals. The language he uses is beautifully poetic, mythic, and firmly rooted in the sense of Blackfeet culture.