In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean

Writing the West: The Way Forward | September 13-15, 2019 | Seeley Lake & Missoula, Montana

The 2017 In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival presents three days of stories from the iconic Blackfoot River and Blackfoot Valley of northwest Montana.


Writing the West: A Way Forward
Schedule for the 3rd Norman Maclean Festival
September 13-15, 2019

Friday Daytime: In Seeley Lake: 2 tours

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Tour of “Norman's Favorite Fishing Holes” on the Blackfoot River with Jerry O'Connell, Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper

1:00 - 3:00 pm: Tour of “Norman's Neighborhood” in Seeley Lake with Ron Cox, Seeley Lake Historical Museum

Friday Evening: In Missoula

4:30 pm at the Museum of Forest Service History, Missoula, MT: John N. Maclean and Aaron Parrett will co-host a celebration event featuring the re-printing of Elers Koch's book 40 Years a Forester: 1903-1943. Copies of the book will be available.

Saturday Morning: In Missoula, MCT Theater

10:00 - 11:00 am presentation: The Lost Journals of Sacajawea with Debra Magpie Earling and Peter Koch (Poetry & Photography)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Exploring the West with Michael Punke (The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge) and Peter Stark (Astoria)

Lunch: 12:00 – 1:30 pm: Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Lunch: 12:00 – 1:30 pm: Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Saturday Afternoon: MCT Theater

1:30 pm, Keynote: Michael Punke: Why I Write the West

2:00 - 3:00 pm, Realizing the West with Judy Blunt, Breaking Clean & Rick Bass, Why I Came West

3:15 – 4:30 pm, Restoring the West: The Way Forward with Dan O'Brien, Buffalo for the Broken Heart and Richard Manning, ReWilding the West

Saturday Evening Festival Dinner in Lobby of MCT

Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm featuring speaker Annick Smith – Is this Still the Last Best Place? Catering by Bravo Catering.

Sunday Morning: MCT Theater

10:00 am -12:00 pm, Applied Indigenous Story-telling: Perma Red TV Series and Community Engagement. Join the Perma Red TV series production team as they describe the dynamic process of creating a culturally significant and accurate community based production followed by a screening of A World Unseen (40 minute film about the making of The Revenant). Panel members include Johnny Arlee, Salish, spiritual and cultural consultant and translator, scriptwriter Wenonah Wilms, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and associate producer Ivan MacDonald, Blackfeet.

Lunch: 12:00 - 1:30 pm: Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Sunday Afternoon: Creating the film The Revenant: MCT Theate

1:30 - 5:00 pm, Michael Punke, author, The Revenant, a Novel of Revenge, and The Revenant screenwriter, Mark Smith with a film screening of The Revenant

5:00 pm: Festival closes

Sponsors: Clearwater Montana Properties • Prop Foundation • Montana Department of Commerce • Montana Cultural Trust Fund • Humanities Montana • Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP • Margaret and Charles Burback • Montana Film Office • Citizens Alliance Bank • Montana Public Radio • Missoula Federal Credit Union • Stockman Bank • Thomas Beers • Blackfoot • Destination Missoula • Missoula TBID

Co-sponsors: Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper • National Museum of Forest Service History • Seeley Lake Historical Society and Museum

For More Information contact: Jenny Rohrer, Festival Coordinator
(406) 754-0034,

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