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Arbonnie Stuart - Living History Program at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

Montana State Parks

Tue Jul 24 12:32:00 MDT 2012

(Ulm, MT) – Montana State Parks ( announced today:

What: First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park Summer Speaker Series Program
“Arbonnie Stuart.”

When: Saturday, Aug. 4, 1-2 p.m.

Where: First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, 3.5 miles north of Ulm from I-15, Exit 270.

Who: Humanities Montana speaker Glory Blue Earth-Highley

Arbonnie Stuart, who was the Shoshoni wife of prominent American pioneer, entrepreneur, politician and diplomat Granville Stuart, is the centerpiece of this living history program presented by Glory Blue Earth-Highley.

Stuart married Granville on May 2, 1862 during the peak of the gold rush in a portion of the Idaho Territory known today as Montana. The couple had nine children and also raised two nephews. Stuart maintained a happy, steady household despite the challenges presented by an era of gold rushes, frequent moves, racism, and other Victorian-era obstacles to such a marriage.

Blue Earth-Highley’s talk explores how it may have been for an Indian woman in a white man’s world. Granville described his Shoshoni wife as a self-sacrificing, loving wife and mother. Her life ended after child birth in Maiden, Montana, near Lewistown.

Living history interpreter Blue Earth-Highley was born and raised in central Montana and is a registered Sioux under the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. She is a living history interpreter for the Nevada City Museum.

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is one of the largest buffalo jump sites in the U.S. The visitor center and interpretive trails tell the story of the people, the animals and the landscape of the buffalo culture. In the 2011 summer season (May – August) more than 10,000 people visited this state park.

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