Mar 19, 2013

FVCC Instructor to Present Free Lecture on Fur Trade in Montana

Flathead Valley Community College Native American studies instructor Dr. E. B. Eiselein will present a community lecture on Montana’s fur trade industry on March 25.

Eiselein’s presentation will focus on how the fur trade in the first half of the nineteenth century brought changes to Montana’s Native Americans.  Eiselein will review the history of Montana’s fur trade industry, including the rivalry between the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company which led to the establishment of the Howse House, the first fur trading post in the Flathead Valley.  The presentation also will cover the conflicts between the traders and trappers and the Native American populations.

Dr. Eiselein has produced over 20 books dealing with various aspects of Native American culture, history, and spirituality.  His books include “Montana’s Indian Cultures” and “Indian Montana: A Winter Count.”  He currently serves as the senior historian for Native American Netroots.  He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona and is of Canadian Anishinabe descent.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in room 150 inside Ross Hall on the FVCC campus.  For more information, email Eiselein at