Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History
"Bee's-Eye View: Recapturing the Sensory Dynamism of Montana's High Plains"
Associate Professor of History, University of Kansas
Ecological conditions orient the story of species survival, and both indigenous and Euro-American accounts of settling the Great Plains feature adaptation to the often-overwhelming forces of nature. How else was it possible to survive in such a dynamic and challenging land? Using a narrative approach to environmental history, this presentation surveys northeastern Montana using a “bee’s-eye view,” capturing the sensory richness of this landscape. By situating historical records and contemporary portrayals of these grassland communities within the context of their rich geomorphology and biodiversity, this talk experiments with new strategies for conveying the deeply local context of human interactions with the land.