Mary Scriver came to the Blackfeet Reservation on the east slope of the Rocky Mountains in 1961 to teach high school English. Falling in with the legendary sculptor, Bob Scriver, who was old enough to be her father, she learned to chase buffalo, cast bronze, skin bears, and write. Change tires, participate in ceremonies, and write. And write. And write.
When she left, she became the first animal control officer in Portland, OR. And wrote. Then she went to the University of Chicago where she earned an MA in Religious Studies and ministerial fellowship in the Unitarian Universalist denomination and wrote. Her ministry was on the high plains of Montana and Saskatchewan. After other adventures and more writing, she managed to return to the edge of the Blackfeet Reservation, where she writes.
It's not a retirement, it's a life. She writes with Tim Barrus, that scandalous man, and also by herself. She knows a LOT of stories. Check out www.prairiemary.blogspot.com.