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2015 WIHR Research Projects

Heart Mountain: Icon of American Landscape Electronic Cultural Atlas

Funded projects, February 2015

Researchers: Mary Keller, Ramesh Sivanpillai, Tim McCleary

Departments: Religious Studies, Texas A&M, Little Big Horn Tribal College

Heart Mountain is a striking landmark in northwest Wyoming that has oriented multiple communities including: 1) the Apsáalooke (Crow) who received the mountain as part of the 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty and the Nez Perce during their flight toward Canada, 1877, 2) settlers and ultimately Buffalo Bill who aligned Cody with Heart Mountain’s profile, 3) 10,000 Japanese American Internees (1942-45, making the camp the fourth largest city in Wyoming at the time), 4) The post-war allotment to GIs of homesteads, for which the barracks from the internment camp were repurposed and 5) contemporary ecologists at Nature Conservancy’s Heart Mountain ranch (protecting open space, rare flora, and wildlife). An interdisciplinary team is poised to develop an electronic cultural atlas (ECA) of Heart Mountain, depicting searchable cultural landscapes with embedded multimedia.  This important resource can enhance academic and public understanding of the contested history of being at home in the American West. Our collaborate research process with community stakeholders will promote more accurate depictions of where we’ve been, who we are, and how our collective heritage will inform our future adaptations in this harsh and beautiful country, as we respond to increased climate volatility.   Who will be at home in Heart Mountain’s view shed?

Cabin Quarters

Cabin Quarters at Heart Mountain Encampment
Heart Mountain Encampment
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