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Knives, Tools & Fire. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Knives, Tools & Fire

Bad Hand. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Bad Hand
Michael Terry, Plains Indian historian

Eric Dolin. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Eric Dolin
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.

Beaver Trapping. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Beaver Trapping

Flipping burgers. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Flipping burgers
Shell Exploration and Production sponsored the Buffalo Burger lunch at the Museum. Geoff Sell (L) and James Duran (R) cooked buffalo burgers and hotdogs.
Rendezvous at the Museum of the Mountain Man
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.



Related Links
  • www.MuseumoftheMountainMan.com
  • 2010 Rendezvous Photo Gallery
  • 2010 Rendezvous Pageant Photo Gallery
  • Mountain Men and the Fur Trade
  • American Mountain Men
  • Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal
  • Museum of the Mountain Man Gift Shop - RMFT Journals, fur-trade books
  • Membership info - Museum of the Mountain Man

  • Lapita Frewin. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Lapita Frewin
    Lapita offered craft programs for children. Here program was sponsored by Encana.

    Keith 'Moki' Hipol. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Keith 'Moki' Hipol
    Moki is a member of the AMM. He wrote an article about Hawaiians in the fur trade which was published in the Museum's very first Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal in 2007 (now sold out).

    Journal authors book signings. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Journal authors book signings
    Seven authors had their articles selected for the 2010 Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal.

    Clay Landry. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Clay Landry
    Journal author, Clay Landry's paper was entitled, 'Going Indian! The Use of Leggings and Breech Clout by the Euro-American Trapper of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade.'

    Steve Banks. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Steve Banks
    Journal author, Stephen Banks: "Union Pass: A Mountain of Many Waters"

    Rick Williams. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Rick Williams
    Journal author, Rick Williams: "Wheels to Rendezvous"

    John Jackson. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    John Jackson
    Journal author, John Jackson: "Was Meriwether Lewis the godfather of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade?"

    Alida Boorn. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Alida Boorn
    Journal author, Alida Boorn: "Goggles in the Rocky Mountain West"

    Tim Tanner. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Tim Tanner
    Journal author, Tim Tanner stands with his painting which was the focus of his article, "Painting the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade: An Artist Creates On the Headwaters of Spanish River"

    'Bad Hand' - Michael Terry. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    'Bad Hand' - Michael Terry
    Michael "Bad Hand" Terry shows a pair of goggles typical of those that were worn by Native Americans in the early to mid-1800s.

    Michael Terry. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Michael Terry
    "Bad Hand", Michael Terry, talked about the life and culture of pre-reservation Plains Indians of the 1800s. His presentation was funded by Sublette BOCES.

    Eric Dolin. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Eric Dolin
    Eric Dolin, gave a presentation on his newly-released book, "Fur, Fortune and Empire," a history of the fur trade in America.

    Buffalo Burger lunch. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Buffalo Burger lunch
    Shell Exploration and Production sponsored the Buffalo Burger lunch and Shell employees set up the concession, staffed it, and cheerily cooked the hotdogs and flipped the burgers. (Mother Nature took care of the tent tear-down Friday night.) Thank you, everyone from Shell!!

    Shell Buffalo Burger lunch. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Shell Buffalo Burger lunch

    Tony & Carol Messerly. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Tony & Carol Messerly
    "Many Strings & Co", Tony & Carol Messerly, from Rock Springs, played old time-songs during the Mountain Man Campfire story segment Saturday night at the Museum.

    Trade goods. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Trade goods

    Goggles. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Goggles
    Rubber-rimmed goggles were used by mountain men and Native Americans to protect their eyes from dust and the bright sun.

    AMM Doc Ivory. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    AMM Doc Ivory

    Friday Wind Storm. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Friday Wind Storm
    A downburst wind from a passing thunderstorm collapsed the buffalo burger concession tent on Friday evening.
      
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