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

Tickets for the 3rd Norman Maclean Festival
September 13-15, 2019


Daytime: In Seeley Lake

Tour of Norman's Favorite Fishing Holes
Jerry O'Connell, Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


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


Evening: In Missoula


Re-Release of “40 Years a Forester”
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Museum of Forest Service History, Missoula

John N. Maclean and Aaron Parrett will co-host this celebration event featuring the re-printing of Elers Koch's book 40 Years a Forester: 1903-1943. Copies of book will be available.


Morning: MCT Theater, Missoula

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

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


Lunch Break: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Afternoon: MCT Theater, Missoula

Keynote: Michael Punke: Why I Write the West
1:30 pm
Michael Punke (The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, The Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, The Battle to Save the Buffalo and the Birth of the New West, and Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917)

Realizing the West
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Judy Blunt (Breaking Clean) and Rick Bass (Why I Came West)

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

Evening: MCT Theater, Missoula

Gala Festival Dinner
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.



Morning: MCT Theater, Missoula


Applied Indigenous Story-telling: Perma Red TV Series and Community Engagement
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 World Unseen, Documentary 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 Break: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Afternoon: MCT Theater, Missoula

The Revenant: From the Book to the Big Screen
1:30 - 5:00 pm
Michael Punke, author of The Revenant, A Novel of Revenge and Mark Smith, screenwriter, The Revenant with a film screening of The Revenant


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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