When you browse through the Land Library’s prairie books, it’s really stunning to see the diversity of cultures that have made a life on the plains: from the hutterites of Montana to the freed slaves of Nicodemus, Kansas — along with many different Native American tribes, from the northern Crow to the southern Kiowas.
pictured above: Women of the Northern Plains by Barbara Handy Marchello, Karl Bodmer painting of Sioux Tipis.
As you travel the prairie this spring, be sure to watch out for historical sites & county museums along the way — they definitely have a story to tell! Meanwhile, here’s a few books to get you down the road:
Hutterites of Montana by Laura Wilson, Leaning into the Wind: Women Write from the Heart of the West by Gaydell Collier, Linda Hasselstrom, & Nancy Curtis, Cheyenne Memories by John Stands-In-Timber & Margot Liberty, Plains Apache Ethnobotany by Julia A. Jordan
And if you have kids, remember to pile a stack of books in your car’s back seat! Here’s a few great titles from our Waterton Canyon Kids Library:
A Prairie Boy’s Summer by William Kurelek, Going Home to Nicodemus by Daniel Chu & Bill Shaw, Painting the Dakota: Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling by Marybeth Lorbiecki
For more on the natural history of the prairie, check out our Prairie Post # 1: Prairie Spring & the Chance to Explore!