Crown of the Continent, Backbone of the World: The American Wilderness Ideal and Blackfeet Exclusion from Glacier National Park

  title={Crown of the Continent, Backbone of the World: The American Wilderness Ideal and Blackfeet Exclusion from Glacier National Park},
  author={Mark David Spence},
  journal={Environmental History},
  pages={29 - 49}
  • M. Spence
  • Published 1 July 1996
  • History
  • Environmental History
The creation and early management of Glacier National Park in the 1910S and 1920S reflected the maturation of American ideas about wilderness as scenic playground, national symbol, and sacred remnant of Nature's original handiwork. These years also marked a heightened interest in the "vanishing Indian," and the Blackfeet, whose reservation borders the park on the east, became an important feature in early park promotions. Although the presence of Indian dancers in front of the park's grand… 

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