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Beautiful, tender, haunting, and full of excitement, this is the memoir of famed author, explorer, Glacier Park guide, trader, and historian of the Blackfoot Indians, James Willard Schultz. With the Blackfoot woman, whom he deeply loved, from 1880 to 1903, Schultz lived the life of a Blackfoot Indian with Nat-ah-ki and her people. During this time, he began writing for magazines, at times running a trading post, and working as a guide in the West.

He met historian, writer, and naturalist George Bird Grinnell, who encouraged him to write this heartfelt and important memoir. As an ethnography of a people and a time it is invaluable.

Though he would marry again, Schultz eventually went back to live near the Native peoples he'd come to love and is buried in the traditional ground of Nat-ah-ki's people. You won't read another memoir like it.

Every memoir of the American West provides us with another view of the migration that changed the country forever.

Public Domain (P)2017 Big Byte Books

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exceptional book

This is more than a beautifully written account of a buffalo trader's life on the northern plains and adjacent Rockies in Montana and Canada in the post Civil War period-when things changed utterly for the Blackfeet and other Indian tribes, for the whites, and for the buffalo and other wildlife. Shultz gives us a fascinating and sympathetic view of Indian life and culture-things that he embraced as young man-and not all of it peaceful. His account seems genuine and self effacing.

The Indian vignettes and stories that he transcribes for us I found haunting in their beauty and primevalness and humanity. Finally, as noted by others, the description and celebration of his Indian wife and the strength of their marriage must be of universal appeal.

This is a great book. Full of adventure, history, lore, and insight.

Hunt's narration is exceptionally good.

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  • Ann Holmes
  • 13-09-2018

Compassionate Story

Such a very wonderful story! Such a perfect orator. I was surprised and disappointed to have it end!! Excellent, excellent book!!! Thank you so much!!!

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  • gary ashley
  • 19-10-2019

one of the best I've listened to

I can not believe that I have not heard of this story before, it is amazing to have this historical perspective preserved by a great book

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  • Kathy-Jane
  • 08-01-2020

So iIteresting

I really enjoyed this book. The stories of like living with the Indians is really insightful and fascinating. I really knew nothing of native Indians and was quite ignorant as to their nature and customs. I would never have even thought of the subject if it were not for Audible's highlight of the topic and am appreciative.

Not sure what to say about the narration. It is rather dull but you get used to it. I thought perhaps the tone was appropriate.

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  • LibertyLion
  • 11-11-2019

Amazing, Respectful Account of the Wild West

Each chapter is a beautiful short story on a different part of a frontiersman’s life, his cooperation with various native peoples and his interactions with wildlife. The accounts found in this book detail a unique look at how things once were here in wonderful Montana! Cheers!

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  • A. Cisneros
  • 20-12-2020

By far one of the best books I have read

It is a must read. A complete book that truly detailed life as a Blackfoot Indian. I will re listen to it in the near future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2020

Best audible

A most beautifully written story about his life. I didn’t want it to end. Between the reader and the written word it was one of the most calm, relaxing book I have had the pleasure of having read to me.

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  • Robert B.
  • 26-06-2020

will steal your heart

this is the most riveting, daydream inducing book I've ever listened to. letting the reader see an exclusive lifestyle at its peak , and decline

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  • Jody R. Nathan
  • 17-02-2020

couldn't get very far with this

narration was dull. story may have been good but I couldn't stay with it long enough to find out. too bad I was looking forward to it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2019

A real life look into the Blackfoot culture

This is a phenomenal read, a must read if you are trying to understand what real life was like for the American Indian and the Blackfoot culture both before and during the white man invasion.

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  • Megan
  • 30-08-2019

inspiring and worthwhile

A very believable and relatable account of a white man trading in Western life for that if a first nation people.

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