By Carlene Cross
Within the timeless West, Carlene go creates a memorable mixture of private and nearby heritage. The voices in her tales contain these of her father and his "sod-busting" acquaintances; the Salish, Kootenai, Nez Perce, and Iroquois Indians; the fossil continues to be of Montana's prehistory; or even the wind, the soil, and the prairie grasses. move is a storyteller within the culture of such impressive Western writers as William Kittredge, Rick Bass, and Ivan Doig. And like them, she bargains a private testomony to the iconic traits of the West. contains 50 black and white images and maps.
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Days reverberate with the sounds of horns and bells, alarms, sirens, and whistles. Page 9 The landscape of the West forces a different existence. It watches and waits with a quiet nearly vanished from the modern world. To those not accustomed to this stillness, it's almost claustrophobic. Void engulfs, forcing them to listen to it and their own heartbeat as one. Silence strips the ornamental from us. In its presence, we are compelled to housekeep the soulthe first step in reconciliation with ourselves and nature.
In the beginning, the stories related, the Spirit Chief appointed Coyote to improve the plight of creatures on Earth. Sometimes Coyote lived up to this commission, sometimes he didn't. With a mischievous nature and the name Sin-ka-lip', meaning "imitator," the wily dog was the world's first antiheroone minute a yellow-eyed Solomon, the next a trickster creating all-around havoc. The storytelling explained why Coyote, because of his foolishness and anger, was responsible for the lack of Salmon in the Clark Page 22 Fork River and for Old Man Buffalo staying east of the Rocky Mountains.
He pulled and shimmied the wire until it snapped and gouged a cut across his arm, which he ignored. He talked about Chuck Stipe's calf crop and rotating the Argo Place from hay to grainthe good year we'd had for water, and the terrible price of beef. He pulled and heaved on the wire stretcher like a teenage wrestler. I said nothing but thought about the heart attacks that killed his father and, last year, his brother. He must have read my mind because suddenly, and uncharacteristically, he said, ''Fixing fence is my favorite thing to do.
The Undying West: A Chronicle of Montana's Camas Prairie by Carlene Cross