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PRAIRIE MARY Books by Mary Scriver
Blackfeet Rez Guide By Mary Strachan Scriver
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This is a guide to the reservation that is unlike any other, for it concentrates on the terrain over a very long time-period. The consequences of ancient glaciers and volcanoes, the residue of seas,... More > the paths worn by erosion and ancestors, are marked here.< Less
DOG CATCHING IN AMERICA By Mary Strachan Scriver
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This is a compendium of particular use to animal control officers and those trying to manage animal control law enforcement. It is based on real-life "war stories" from thirty-five years... More > ago when Mike Burgwin was just beginning to work at professionalizing this special subdivision of police work and separate it from humane societies. People tell every "dog catcher," they should write a book. Well -- I DID! Some of it is outrageous. Some of it is pretty philosophical. It is NOT conventional!< Less
RESERVATION BLACKFEET By Mary Strachan Scriver
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This is a research aid for persons just beginning to do history or needing a quick overview of Blackfeet history. It consists of the original 1855 Treaty in full, but only notes on three major... More > documents that are hard to find or hard to read: The Foley Report, which is an indictment of the US management of the reservation from its beginning; a history of the Holy Family Mission which was a master's thesis by Hugh Black; and Paul C. Rosier's academic study of the tribal council called "Rebirth of the Blackfeet Nation, 1912-1954. These are not anthropological materials, but discussions of organization and progress.< Less
VALIER SEASONS By Mary Scriver
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In the tradition of May Sarton, but rather more technical, this journal formed as a blog. The author retired to a small Montana town to write. Sometimes the most dramatic events were simply weather... More > and the seasons.< Less
Demeter and her Daughters By Mary Scriver
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The ancient story of Demeter, goddess of agriculture, (sometimes called Ceres the source of our word, cereal), and her daughter (who might be one of several possibilities, like Persephone,... More > Proserpine, Kore) and how the daughter was kidnapped by Hades/Pluto, the god of death and the underworld, is so old and durable it has been told many times. This version is a Western. Many of the ancient features (bees sacred to Demeter, a black horse, a black dog, her friend Hecate) have been included but translated into a slightly different form. Those "in the know" will have fun recognizing these. Those just beginning to read mythology will have handholds for more formal studies.< Less
Strachans on the Prairie By Mary Scriver
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Archibald Strachan and his family homesteaded in South Dakota, then in Swan River, Manitoba. This is an account of the homes they occupied, plus a bit about the inhabitants.
ONE WINDY DAY By Mary Scriver
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This book was written by the 7th grade of Heart Butte School, Montana, in 1990. Heart Butte is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains on the Blackfeet Reservation. The story was developed at the... More > rate of one chapter per week in the same way that television sit-coms are written: as a group sitting around a table and discussing. The actual words were typed by Mary Scriver, the teacher. The story is about the yearning to belong and to be loved and reflects the lives that these students knew.< Less
TWELVE BLACKFEET STORIES By Mary Scriver
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Roughly twelve generations of Blackfeet Indians have existed since 1776 until now. Here are twelve loosely linked stories, one for each of those generations. These are about Amskapi Pikuni people,... More > the Montana subdivision of Blackfeet. The stories are modern-style fiction, not legends. The stories are meant to be unexpected, slantwise. They are good for discussions.< Less