Rendezvous at the Museum of the Mountain Man
Michael Terry, Plains Indian historian
Eric Dolin debuted his new book "Fur, Fortune and Empire," a history of the fur trade in America, at the Museum of the Mountain Man during Rendezvous. He will be traveling across the country until Christmas doing promotions and book signings. Dolin lives in Massachussets. This is his 5th book. It is available for sale in the Museum Gift Shop.
Shell Exploration and Production sponsored the Buffalo Burger lunch at the Museum. Geoff Sell (L) and James Duran (R) cooked buffalo burgers and hotdogs.
by Pinedale Online!
July 14, 2010
The 2010 Green River Rendezvous was held Thursday through Sunday, July 8-11 in Pinedale.
Featured presenters included members of the American Mountain Men Association giving living history demonstrations on the life and tools of the men who lived and trapped animals for the fur trade during the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade era of 1824 to 1840. They gave demonstrations on sign language, knives/tools/fire, beaver trapping/skinning/fur press, mountain man clothing, horses/tack/packing, and firearms.
Thursday night, the Museum held the annual reception, book-signing and 2010 awards for the 4th edition of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal. That was followed by a presentation by Dr. Fred Gowans on "Fatal and Hostile Encounters on Proveau’s and Webbers’s Forks in 1824-1825."
Authors who had their papers accepted into this year’s Journal were:
John C. Jackson and Thomas C. Danisi: "Was Meriwether Lewis the godfather of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade?"
Clay Landry: "Going Indian! The Use of Leggings and Breech Clout by the Euro-American Trapper of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade"
Stephen Banks: "Union Pass: A Mountain of Many Waters"
Tim Tanner: "Painting the rocky Mountain Fur Trade: An Artist Creates On the Headwaters of Spanish River
Scott Walker: "Warren Ferris, the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Rendezvous of 1824"
Rick Williams: "Wheels to Rendezvous"
Alida Boorn: "Googles in the Rocky Mountain West"
During the day on Friday, Dr. Gowans and Steve Banks were the hosts of an all-day field trip to Union Pass to illustrate Steve Banks’ paper on the mountain pass crossroads.
On Friday evening, the Museum hosted a book signing for author Eric Dolin, who gave a presentation on his newly-released book, "Fur, Fortune and Empire," a history of the fur trade in America.
Lapita Frewin returned to do children’s Native American crafts during Rendezvous. Her program was generously sponsored by EnCana.
Plains Indian historian, "Bad Hand" – Michael Terry, gave talks on the life and culture of Plains Indians during the early 1800s. Bad Hand has spent years researching Plains Indians and creating authentic reproductions of their clothing and tools. He uses those creations as his showpieces during his talks. One of Bad Hand’s buffalo hide tipi’s is on display in the rotunda of the Museum.
Friday and Saturday, visitors enjoyed a Buffalo Burger lunch at the Museum. The lunch was hosted and manned by employees of Shell Exploration and Production Co.
The Green River Rendezvous celebrates the history of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade from 1824 to 1840. Six of the 16 annual mountain men rendezvous took place in the Upper Green River Valley near Daniel. The Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale was built to interpret the events and history of that time period. Local citizens from the county have reenacted the story of rendezvous for the past 75 years. Today’s Green River Rendezvous is always held the second full weekend in July.
Rendezvous programs at the Museum were funded in part by generous donations from Shell Exploration and Production Co., Encana, Sublette BOCES #1, Rocky Mountain Power, the Sublette County Museum Board, and the Anderson Ranch.