The Ground Right Under Our Feet

Program Description

Students will engage in thinking about the differences between what and how they learn today in Montana compared to long ago. Using primary source documents of short narratives, artwork and maps, they will work in small groups to consider the knowledge behind food acquisition, orienteering, communication, and survival. Together, they will present their findings to the whole group. The geographical focus can be tailored to the various regions of Montana.

Presenter Bio

Anthropologist Sally Thompson is an experienced workshop leader whose career in the Rocky Mountains and American Southwest has spanned more than four decades. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1980, the same year she moved to Missoula. She has worked as an archaeologist, ethnohistorian, educator, filmmaker, and tribal consultant and collaborator. Her 2015 book, People Before the Park (Montana Historical Society), was a collaboration with the Kootenai Culture Committee and the Pikunni Traditionalist Association of the Blackfeet Tribe. She has two books to be released in 2024: Disturbing the Sleeping Buffalo: 23 Unexpected Stories that Awaken Montana’s Past (Farcountry Press) and Black Robes enter Coyote’s World (Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press). Sally enjoys engaging people in the rich fabric of Montana’s cultures and histories.


Sally Thompson