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New Exhibition: Where the Buffalo Roam

28 March 2013 by Donna McCrea

A new exhibition on the main floor of the Mansfield Library, Where the Buffalo Roam: The Story of the Buffalo in Montana, features buffalo-themed books and materials from the Library’s Frank Bird Linderman Memorial Collection.  Linderman’s arrival in the West coincided with the peak period of destruction of the buffalo. Over the years, Linderman developed relationships with several Native American tribes and began writing about them.  His writing captured their despondency with the near extermination of their main food source and a significant part of their cultures.  Linderman was given a variety of gifts from the members of the Cree, Crow, and Blackfeet tribes which illustrated the importance of the buffalo and its versatility among the indigenous cultures of Montana. Among the items currently on exhibit are books by Linderman and a beautiful buffalo skin medicine bag, a gift from the Bloods.

For additional information about the Frank Bird Linderman Memorial Collection contact Archives & Special Collections (406) 243-2053 or library.archives@umontana.edu.

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