Rising in northwest Montana, southern Alberta and British Columbia, a swath of elevated geography is cast on a colossal scale: immense, vast and dramatic. Here, nature mustered many of her greatest powers to create a glorious, 13-million-acre masterpiece. Mountain building not only thrust ma…

When winter comes, it’s time, among Montana’s Amskapi Pikuni (ahm-SKOP-ee bee-GUN-ee) or Blackfeet, to tell stories. Some of those stories, recounted for generations, are about Pitamakan (bee-duh-maw-KHAWN), or Running Eagle, who belonged to the Small Robes band and was a revered warrior.

The bison are huge and, up close, their power and speed inspire awe. A big bull can stand six feet high and weigh a ton, yet can turn on a dime and easily outrun the fastest human. Visitors may worry whether the wire fence will keep them safe but, despite that, the opportunity to see these m…

  • story by Amy Grisak
  • story and photos by Alice Miller
  • Story and photographs by Alexander V. Badyaev
  • Story by David Erickson
  • Story and photos by Todd Klassy
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  • by Chris Jorgensen
  • Interview by Lance Nixon Photography by Brewster Moseley
  • TEXT BY JACQUE WALAWANDER PAINTINGS BY PAUL TUNKIS
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  • Interview by LANCE NIXON/ Photos by TODD KLASSY
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