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“Backroads of Montana: Reaching Goals” (2010)

“Backroads of Montana: Reaching Goals” (2010)


>>Marcus: ON THIS EPISODE
OF “BACKROADS,” THE SPORT
OF SKIJORING MONTANA STYLE HAS
A SMALL-TOWN, FRIENDLY FEEL.>>Man: IT’S NOT ABOUT, YOU
KNOW, SO MUCH COMPETITION. IT
BECOMES A BIG FAMILY.>>Marcus: IN THE
COMPETITIVE WORLD OF
WEIGHTLIFTING, DEDICATION AND INNER STRENGTH ARE JUST
AS IMPORTANT AS MUSCLES. WE’LL INTRODUCE YOU TO A MAN
WHOSE BRAVERY IN WAR SET HIM ON
A PATH TO BE A CHAMPION.>>Man: NOBODY HIS AGE IN THE
WORLD CAN DO IT. I DON’T CARE WHERE,
TAKE YOUR PICK, NOBODY.>>Marcus: BEING A CHAMPION
CAN ALSO MEAN THAT YOU’RE
COMMITTED TO HELPING OTHERS, TO MAKING YOUR
WORLD A BETTER PLACE. WE FOUND TWO FRIENDS WHO PROVED
THAT THINKING OF OTHERS REALLY
DOES PAY OFF.>>Lady: IT’S NOBLE TO BE OF
SERVICE TO PEOPLE, AND I THINK THAT’S WHY IT MAKES ME HAPPY.>>Marcus: IT’S ALL ABOUT
REACHING GOALS ON THIS
EPISODE OF “BACKROADS.>>Announcer: “BACKROADS OF
MONTANA” IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH
PRODUCTION SUPPORT WITH FROM
THE GREATER MONTANA FOUNDATION, ENCOURAGING COMMUNICATION
ON ISSUES, TRENDS AND VALUES OF IMPORTANCE TO MONTANANS. THE MONTANA OFFICE OF TOURISM
AT VISITMT.COM AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA. [Song]Home is Where Montana is
(guitar music starts) ♪ IT’S BEAUTIFUL WITH
SPACIOUS SKIES ♪ HAS AMBER
WAVES OF GRAIN ♪ ♪ AND HAS PURPLE MOUNTAINS ♪
♪ MAJESTIC ♪ ♪ THAT RISE UP ♪
♪ OUT OF THE PLAINS ♪ ♪ AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA ♪
♪ FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA ♪ ♪ WHERE THE MOUNTAINS ♪
♪ AND THE PRAIRIES MEET ♪ ♪ IS THE PLACE I NEED TO BE ♪
♪ HOME IN WHERE MONTANA IS ♪ ♪ MONTANA IS MY HOME ♪
♪ FROM MOUNTAIN PEAKS ♪ ♪ TO PRAIRIE LANDS ♪
♪ TO PLACES I HAVE KNOWN ♪ ♪ AND I’M BOUND TO RAMBLE ♪
♪ YES I’M BOUND TO ROAM ♪ ♪ AND WHEN I’M IN ♪
♪ OFF THE ROAD NOW BOYS ♪ ♪ MONTANA IS MY HOME ♪♪>>Marcus: WELCOME TO THE
“BACKROADS OF MONTANA,” A
PROGRAM THAT TRAVELS THROUGHOUT BIG SKY
COUNTRY LOOKING FOR THE
BEST PLACES AND THE MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE
THAT WE THINK YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW
ABOUT. TODAY WE’RE NOT FAR FROM OUR
HOME BASE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF
MONTANA IN MISSOULA. ACTUALLY WE’RE JUST ACROSS THE
VALLEY AT THE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
AT FORT MISSOULA. THE MUSEUM WAS ESTABLISHED
IN 1975 TO COLLECT, PRESERVE AND INTERPRET THE
HISTORY OF MISSOULA COUNTY AND
WESTERN MONTANA. THE MUSEUM HAS MORE
THAN 25,000 OBJECTS IN ITS COLLECTION, REFLECTING THE LIFE
AND MATERIAL CULTURE FROM THE AREA’S EARLY EXPLORATION
TO MODERN TIMES. DURING THE PROGRAM,
WE’LL TOUR THE MUSEUM GROUNDS INCLUDING THE LOOKOUT,
THE DRUMMOND TRAIN DEPOT AND THE ALIEN DETENTION
BARRACKS. THIS OLD SHAY LOCOMOTIVE WAS
BUILT IN THE 1920’s AND USED BY THE ANACONDA COMPANY TO MOVE
TIMBER OUT OF THE BLACKWOOD
RIVER DRAINAGE. ITS WHEELS HAVE BEEN FROZEN
IN PLACE SINCE 1955. IN OUR FIRST STORY, IT MAY BE
MIDWINTER IN A TINY TOWN OF WISDOM IN SOUTHWEST MONTANA,
BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT EVERYTHING HAS COME
TO A STANDSTILL. [BLUES HARMONICA MUSIC]>>Marcus: IT’S A QUIET TIME OF
YEAR IN THE BIG HOLE, TOO LATE FOR HUNTING, A BIT
EARLY FOR CALVING. THE AREA’S TROUT STREAMS ARE,
WELL… AND THE ONLY NOISE COMING
FROM THE BEAVER SLIDES IS WINTER WHISTLING THROUGH. SO RESIDENTS HAVE GATHERED ON
A SMALL SIDE STREET WHERE THEY CAN CHASE AWAY
THE WINTER DOLDRUMS.>>Cowboy: YA- YA [HORSE RUNNING]
[MUSIC]>>Marcus: WELCOME TO THE BIG
HOLE WINTER FEST SKIJORING
COMPETITION, TWO DAYS, THREE EVENTS AND
SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN, ONE DANCE. ♪>>IT’S A RUSH. ♪>>Marcus: COMPETITION SKIJORING
IS EXACTLY WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.>>I NEVER WATER SKIED,
BUT IT’S PROBABLY LIKE THAT.>>IT’S ACTUALLY THREE
HEARTBEATS WORKING TOGETHER TO
MAKE A GOOD RUN. YOU KNOW, THE RIDER’S HEARTBEAT,
THE SKIER’S HEARTBEAT AND THE HORSES HEARTBEAT AND, YOU KNOW,
IT’S JUST SOMETHING TO WATCH TO SEE ALL THREE OF THEM
PULL TOGETHER.>>RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN.>>HOPE HE HANGS ON. ♪>>WE’RE NOT GONNA GO OVER ALL
THE RULES TODAY.>>Marcus: AFTER A QUICK
BRIEFING, RACE ACTION
GETS UNDERWAY WHEN BADGER BOB GIVES THE WORD.>>AND THEN I’LL SAY GO. IF BOTH
ARE READY.>>NO, NO, THEY’LL COME
WHEN THEY’RE READY.>>Bob: HORSES READY,
GO WHEN YOU’RE READY.>>Marcus:TWO DISTINCT THINGS
SEPARATE WISDOM SKIJORING
ACTION FROM SIMILAR EVENTS.>>WE HAVE TO TAKE IT WITH A
GRAIN OF SALT, A: BECAUSE WE’RE
A NEW EVENT.>>Marcus: FIRST THIS WEEK’S
COMPETITION IS NOT SANCTIONED BY THE NATIONAL SKIJORING
ASSOCIATION. THESE FOLKS ARE HERE
FOR THE FUN OF IT.>>Katey: WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE
WHO ARE HERE TO HAVE FUN, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY
HAVE FUN AND WE DON’T WANT IT TO
GET TOO SERIOUS. WE WANT IT TO BE A GOOD TIME
FOR EVERYBODY.>>Marcus: AND ALTHOUGH IT IS
JUST FOR FUN, RACE OFFICIALS
ARE VERY SERIOUS ABOUT SAFETY.>>WE HAVE A DOG ON THE TRACK. WHOSE EVER DOG THAT IS,
PLEASE GET THEM OFF.>>Rich: MY JOB IS TO KEEP
THE TRACK CLEAN, KEEP THESE
GUYS SAFE, AND THEN I ALSO GET TO SHOVEL
HORSE POOP OFF THE COURSE IF IT GETS TOO DEEP. AND ‘ROUND
WISDOM, HORSE MANURE GETS FAIRLY DEEP
ONCE IN A WHILE.>>AN EMPHASIS ON SAFETY IS
STRESSED THROUGHOUT THE RULES. RULE NUMBER TEN CLEARLY STATES,
NO DANGEROUS HORSES OR DRUNKEN BEHAVIOR ALLOWED. WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THIS
COWBOY, STILL CONTESTANTS CAN EXPECT A FEW BUMPS AND BRUISES
WHILE NEGOTIATING THE NINE GATES AND THREE JUMPS.>>Ali: I WAS GOING DOWN THE
COURSE, GOING REALLY FAST, DOING REALLY WELL AND ALL OF A
SUDDEN, I DON’T KNOW WHAT
HAPPENED. I LOST THE ROPE. I FELL. SKIS
EVERYWHERE. ROPE GONE AND IT WAS OVER. I
HURT MYSELF.>>AND THERE’S A GOOD REASON
FOR RULE NUMBER 11 WHICH REQUIRES GOGGLES AND A HELMET.>>I DON’T KNOW, I WAS COMING
OVER THE SECOND JUMP AND GOING TO THE SECOND TURN AND TOOK A
SNOWBALL IN THE LIPS AND I TOOK A HORSE SHOE IN THE SHOULDER.
(laughing)>>STILL SHOULD HAVE MADE
THE GATE THOUGH.
>>YEAH.>>Marcus: AND THE SECOND THING
THAT MAKES SKIJORING AND
WISDOM UNIQUE, THESE SKIERS ARE HANGING ON TO A
HORSE THAT WORKS FOR A LIVING.>>Mac: THIS IS HIS FIRST TRIP
TO TOWN. HE’S DRUG THOUSANDS OF COWS
TO THE BRANDING FIRE, HE HUNTS CATTLE IN THE TIMBER,
CHASES COWS OUT OF THE BOG. HE’S A PRETTY GOOD ATHLETE,
EVEN IF HE IS CAMERA SHY.>>Dan: HE’S JUST A RANCH HORSE,
IT’S CHASING CATTLE, ROPING, DOCTORING, DRAGGING
COWS. JUST REGULAR RANCH STUFF.>>Marcus: THIS WEEKEND’S RACES
ARE A SORT OF SPRING TRAINING FOR THESE HORSES, A CHANCE TO
LOOSEN UP, STRETCH THEIR LEGS AND PREPARE FOR SUMMER AND MORE
DIFFICULT CHORES, AND IT HELPS PEOPLE LIMBER UP
TOO. THERE’S A SKIJORING CATEGORY
FOR JUST ABOUT EVERY AGE AND DEGREE OF SKILL. (HARMONICA MUSIC)>>Marcus BUT WHEN DARREL THROWS
THE LAST FLAG, IT’S BACK TO THE
BARN. TIME TO DROP OFF MORE HAY FOR
HUNGRY CATTLE, TO BREAK UP ICE COVERING WATER HOLES BUT
MOSTLY, TO SETTLE IN FOR AT LEAST A COUPLE MORE MONTHS
OF WINTER. (MUSIC ENDS)>>SKIJORING HAS BEEN
A TRADITION IN THE BIG HOLE VALLEY FOR A LONG TIME. YOU MAY REMEMBER THE HERSHEY
FAMILY FROM AN EARLIER “BACKROADS” FEATURE
ABOUT BEAVER SLIDES. WELL, HERE’S A PHOTO OF JILL
AND JOYCE HERSHEY AS KIDS IN 1937, SKIJORING WITH THEIR
HORSE OLD BANJO. HORSES WERE ONCE ESSENTIAL TO
ARMY INFANTRY TROOPS, PART OF THE HISTORY OF FORT MISSOULA
INCLUDES THE STORY OF THE 25TH INFANTRY,
AN AFRICAN AMERICA OUTFIT WHO ONCE ROAD BICYCLES
FROM MISSOULA TO ST. LOUIS IN 1898 TO TEST THE THEORY THAT
THE BICYCLE WOULD REPLACE THE HORSE IN MOVING INFANTRY. I BET YOU WON’T SEE A BICYCLE
PULLING A SKIER ANYTIME SOON. THIS STRUCTURE IS ONE OF THREE
FORT MISSOULA BUILDINGS STILL
STANDING. IT HAS NON-COMMISSIONED
OFFICERS, CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND REGULAR ARMY PERSONNEL FROM
THE FORTS BEGINNING IN 1877 TO
1947. IN OUR NEXT STORY, WE INTRODUCE
YOU TO A FORMER ARMY MAN FROM RONAN WHOSE RETIREMENT TIME IS
SPENT WORKING IN THE YARD HELPING HIS WIFE FIX UP THE
HOUSE AND LIFTING WEIGHTS, HEAVY WEIGHTS, BUT NOTHING LIKE
THE WEIGHT HE CARRIED EARLY IN
HIS LIFE.>>PRESS! [CHEERING]>>Marcus: WELCOME TO THE MONTANA
STATE BENCH PRESS AND DEAD LIFT
CHAMPIONSHIP IN MISSOULA. [CHEERING]>>PRESS! POWER LIFTERS FROM AROUND THE
STATE AND THE REGION WILL SEE HOW MUCH WEIGHT THEIR
BODIES CAN HANDLE. BACK IN THE WARM UP ROOM,
RONAN’S HAROLD SMITH LIMBERS UP. (WEIGHTS CLANKING) AT 75 YEARS OLD, JUST UNDER
6 FEET TALL, AND WEIGHING IN
AT 225 POUNDS. SMITH HOLDS THE WORLD RECORD
IN BENCH PRESS FOR HIS AGE AND
WIGHT CLASS. TODAY SMITH MOVES UP IN WEIGHT
CLASS AND HOPES TO SET A NEW
WORLD RECORD.>>Smith: I’M THINKING ABOUT
OPENING UP WITH 308, MY
FIRST LIFT, SO HOPEFULLY I CAN GET THAT AND
THEN TRY TO BOOST IT ON UP
FURTHER, YES.>>MARCUS: SMITH HAS BEEN
PREPARING FOR THIS LIFT FOR
MONTHS. AT SALISH KOOTENAI COLLEGE IN
PABLO, SMITH AND HIS LIFTING PARTNER SKIP SCHACHER, WORK OUT
TOGETHER LIFTING 3 DAYS A WEEK.>>Harold: YES, I LIKE ROUTINE. I
LIKE ROUTINE. NOW THIS ROUTINE WE’RE ON NOW,
I CAN GO ALL YEAR LIKE THAT.>>YOU AIN’T GONNA PUSH,
HAROLD. HE KNOWS WHAT HE WANTS TO DO
AND HE STICKS RIGHT TO IT, AND YOU GOTTA ADMIRE HIM FOR
THAT. (GYM SOUNDS) SMITH HAS ALWAYS PUSHED HIMSELF.
STARTING ON THE FAMILY FARM IN NORTH DAKOTA, WHERE HE GREW UP. LATER INSTALLING SHEET ROCK ALL
OVER WESTERN MONTANA. WHEN SMITH RETIRED HE BEGAN
LIFTING WEIGHTS AS A WAY TO REHABILITATE A INJURED SHOULDER.>>HAROLD: I HAVE A GOOD FEELING
AFTER THE WORKOUT WAS ALL OVER, I HAVE A LITTLE TIRED FEELING
BUT A GOOD FEELING. SO I KIND OF LIKE DOING THAT.>>Marcus: BEFORE LONG HE STARTED
WORKING OUT WITH FRIENDS IN
RONAN. AND WAS TAKING PART IN IS FIRST
POWER LIFTING COMPETITION.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK ABOUT
HOW STRONG HE IS AND THEY MARVEL AT IT, AND HE IS STRONG
BUT HE’S ALWAYS BEEN STRONG.>>Marcus: BUT IS WAS A
DIFFERENT KIND OF STRENGTH THAT REALLY DEFINED THE EARLY YEARS
OF HAROLD SMITH. [MUSIC] AFTER DROPPING OUT OF
HIGH SCHOOL HE JOINED THE ARMY FOLLOWING BASIC TRAINING
HE WAS SENT TO THE FRONT
LINES THE KOREAN WAR. DURING ONE DAY OF HEAVY FIGHTING
HAROLD SMITHS INNER STRENGTH
SHINED THROUGH.>>Harold: THIS WAS IN OCTOBER
14, 1951 AND IT WAS THE SECOND DAY OF
A BIG OPERATION WE STARTED ON.>>Marcus: THAT DAY SMITH WAS
IN HIS FOX HOLE FIRING HIS
MACHINE GUN, IN SUPPORT OF OTHER TROOPS.>>THE BAD PART IS MACHINE GUNS
DRAW A LOT OF FIRE AND PRETTY
SOON I WAS OUT. I WAS UPSIDE DOWN IN MY FOXHOLE
AND DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT
HAPPENED. [MUSIC]>>Marcus: SMITH WOKE UP
WITH HIS HELMET FILLED WITH
BLOOD. HE HAD A MAJOR HEAD WOUND, BUT
HE WASN’T THE ONLY ONE INJURED.>>WE WERE GETTING UP AND
EVERYBODY WAS HOLLERING AND O.D.
SHAMBLEY WAS HOLLERING FOR A MEDIC AND
O.D. SHAMBLEY HAD HIS LEG HIT
BAD. I DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS THAT BAD.
IT WAS HIT REAL BAD AND–>>Marcus: SMITH PICKED UP HIS
FRIEND AND CARRIED HIM TO THE
FIELD HOSPITAL. SMITHS COURAGE SAVED SHAMBLEY’S
LIFE, AND EARNED SMITH A SILVER
STAR. AND A BRONZE STAR FOR HIS
BRAVERY UNDER FIRE.>>AND SHAMBLEY WAS
ALWAYS GRATEFUL FOR THAT BUT YOU KNOW, ANYBODY WHO HAS
DONE THAT IF YOU’RE THERE AND YOU CAN HELP, YOU’RE GONNA HELP
YOUR BUDDY IF HE’S– SO, I DON’T SEE ANYTHING
SO GREAT ABOUT THAT, BUT SHAMBLEY SAYS, “I WOULD
NEVER MADE IT WITHOUT YA,” YOU
KNOW?>>Marcus: NEARLY 50 YEARS AFTER
THE WAR, SMITH RECEIVED A CALL
FROM A REPORTER. SAYING THAT AN OLD FRIEND WAS
LOOKING FOR HIM. O.D. SHAMBLEY THE MAN SMITH HAD
CARRIED OFF THE FRONT IN KOREA
WAS CALLING TO SAY THANKS.>>Harold: THAT WAS A BIG
SURPRISE, BIG SURPRISE. I HAD NEVER TALKED MUCH ABOUT
IT, MAYBE TO BONNIE, MY WIFE.>>HE TALKED ABOUT IT A LITTLE
BIT, BUT HE ALWAYS PLAYED IT
DOWN.>>Marcus: A FEW MONTHS
LATER SMITH WOULD MEET UP
WITH SHAMBLEY AND SOME OTHER FRIENDS FROM
KOREA. TALKING WITH HIS WAR BUDDIES
LIFTED A WEIGHT OFF SMITH’S
SHOULDERS>>Harold: IT BROUGHT BACK A LOT
OF MEMORIES, ALL ABOUT THOSE AND I HAD
WITHHELD ALL THAT STUFF. WE TALKED ABOUT THINGS THAT
HAPPENED BACK THERE AND AS TIME
WENT BY, YOU FELT BETTER. TALKING ABOUT SOME OLD THINGS
CAN–BEST THERAPY PROBABLY I’VE EVER HAD, COULD
EVER HAVE.>>OKAY, HAROLD, I KNOW
YOU’RE GONNA GET IT.>>COME ON, HAROLD. YOU GOT IT,
HAROLD. ITS SMITH’S TURN TO LIFT AND SET
A NEW WORLD RECORD.>>PRESS
>>AHHHHHHHHHH!>>Marcus: THE 308 POUNDS EASILY
GO UP. [CHEERING] HIS NEXT 2 LIFTS GO
UP IN WEIGHT.>>COME ON, HAROLD!>>Marcus: AND HE PUSHES THE
WORLD RECORD TO 336 POUNDS. (CROWD CHEERING)>>TO DO WHAT HE DID TODAY,
NOBODY HIS AGE IN THE WORLD CAN DO IT, I DON’T CARE WHERE,
TAKE YOUR PICK, NOBODY.>>Marcus: ITS BOTH PHYSICAL
STRENGTH AND INNER STRENGTH THAT HAVE HELPED DEFINE HAROLD
SMITH’S LIFE.>>Harold: WHEN YOU FEEL
GOOD, YOU JUST HAVE A BETTER
FRAME OF MIND. YEAH, I FEEL BETTER. I FEEL MORE
CONFIDENCE.>>Marcus: HAROLD SMITH SAYS
HE ENJOYS COMPETING IN STATE
AND NATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING MEETS AND THAT HE
WON’T BE RETIRING FROM LIFTING
ANYTIME SOON. FORT MISSOULA WAS ALMOST
RETIRED AFTER WORLD WAR I, BUT WHAT REVISED AS THE
HEADQUARTERS FOR THE CCC IN
THE 1930s. AND THEN IN 1941, IT WAS
TRANSFERRED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND
NATURALIZATION FOR USE AS AN
ALIEN DETENTION CENTER. IT HAS MORE THAN 1,200 ITALIAN
NATIONALS AND 650 JAPANESE MEN WHO WERE ROUNDED UP AFTER PEARL
HARBOR. WE VISITED ONE OF THE REMAINING BARRACKS WITH BOB
BROWN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF
THE MUSEUM.>>Bob: SO IT WAS A VERY
DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE FOR
THE ITALIANS WHO KIND OF LIKED IT. THEY
ENJOYED IT, AND THE JAPANESE WHO NEVER EVEN
TALKED ABOUT IT EVER. IT WAS A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE
FOR THEM. THEIR LOYALTY WAS
BEING QUESTIONED. IT WAS A LOSS OF FACE IN THEIR
WORLD. IT WAS DISASTROUS. THEY HAD LOST OR WERE LOSING
EVERYTHING THEY’D EVER HAD JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED
TO BECOME AMERICAN CITIZENS.>>Marcus: WHILE THE
DETENTION CENTER HAD GUARD
TOWERS, THE ONLY TOWER ON THE MUSEUM GROUNDS
TODAY HOLDS THIS LOOKOUT FROM
SLIDE ROCK MOUNTAIN. BUILT IN 1933 AND MOVED TO
THE MUSEUM 50 YEARS LATER, THIS STRUCTURE HAS BEEN RESTORED
WITH A FIRE FINDER, LIGHTNING PROTECTION AND THE SPARSE
FURNISHINGS THAT GOT IT LOOKOUTS THROUGH MANY
A HOT SUMMER FIRE SEASON. OF COURSE A MONTANA SUMMER
CAN BE A GREAT TIME FOR HIKING. IN OUR NEXT STORY WE’RE HIGH IN
THE PRYOR MOUNTAINS, SOUTH OF
BILLINGS. THERE WE WENT UNDERGROUND TO
EXPLORE A COOL PLACE AWAY FROM
THE SUMMER HEAT.>>Marge: THIS IS FARTHER THAN
YOU THINK IT IS.>>Marcus: MARGE STRUM AND
MARIAN COLLAR ARE ENJOYING THE SPECTACULAR VIEW FROM THE
PRYOR MOUNTAINS.>>Marge: I MEAN EVEN JUST DOWN,
YOU KNOW, IT’S A COUPLE
THOUSAND FEET.>>Marcus: THEY’RE PART OF THE
RED LODGE HIKING CLUB WHICH HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE
FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS. THEY MEET ONE DAY A WEEK
TO EXPLORE.>>Marian: TO US THURSDAYS ARE
SACRED. WE DO THAT, NOTHING ELSE IS PLANNED ON
THURSDAY BUT OUR HIKING.>>Marge: YUP, VERY IMPORTANT.
THURSDAYS ARE SACRED.>>Marcus: ON THIS DAY, MARGE AND
MARIAN ARE OFF ON THEIR OWN ADMIRING THE LUPIN AND ARNICA,
AND SOAKING IN THE SCENERY HIGH
ABOVE THE BIG HORN BASIN.>>Marge: THERE’S DIFFERENT
PLANTS HERE THAN OTHER PLACES. THE HISTORY OF IT, THE GEOLOGY,
IT’S FUN TO COME HERE AND HAVE
THE VIEW. I LOVE TO HIKE TO
SOMEPLACE WHERE YOU HAVE A VIEW.>>Marcus: BUT THE PRYOR
MOUNTAINS OFFERS SOMETHING
ELSE, A DIFFERENT VIEW AND IT PROVIDES
A BREAK FROM THE SUMMER HEAT. [MYSTICAL MUSIC]>>IT’S CALLED BIG ICE CAVE
TUCKED INTO THE PRYORS AT 7,500
FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. THE CAVE MAINTAINS A YEAR ROUND
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 32
DEGREES, AN OBVIOUS CONTRAST TO THE WARM
SUMMER AIR JUST OUTSIDE THE
CAVE.>>THERE’S A WALKWAY AND
VIEWING PLATFORM, BUT TO GET A CLOSER LOOK,
GEOLOGIST DAN SEAFORD TOOK US OUT ON THE ICE
AND BACK INTO THE CAVE. (SPIKES WALKING ON ICE)>>Dan: AND ALL THIS ICE
THAT WE’RE STANDING ON IS
AN INDICATION THAT THE WATER IS STILL MOVING
THROUGH THE CAVE SYSTEM AND STILL DISSOLVING LIMESTONE. ♪>>Marcus: THE WALLS OF THE CAVE
PROVIDE MORE EVIDENCE ALONG WITH THE GLITTERING ICE
CRYSTALS, THEY CONTAIN CALCITE, THE PUREST FORM OF LIMESTONE. CALCITE IS MORE EASILY
DISSOLVED BY WATER AND OTHER ELEMENTS WHICH IS WHY THESE
LIMESTONE-RICH MOUNTAINS HAVE SO
MANY CAVES.>>Dan: SO WE’VE GOT LAYERS OF
LIMESTONE AND WE’VE GOT PURE
LAYERS OF CALCITE. AND DOWN HERE TOWARD THE FLOOR,
YOU ACTUALLY GOT ICE FORMING ON
THE CALCITE. ♪>>Marcus: THE ACTIVE WATER
PROVIDES AN EERIE ATMOSPHERE
INSIDE THE CAVE, BUT IT’S ALSO RESPONSIBLE
FOR SOME BEAUTIFUL
STALAGMITE FORMATIONS. ♪>>THEY’RE POSSIBLE ONLY
BY PRACTICING GOOD CAVE
CONSERVATION WHICH MEANS LOOKING NOT
TOUCHING.>>Dan: SO IF YOU TOUCH THAT
WATER, YOU COULD–THE OIL ON YOUR HANDS COULD POTENTIALLY
PREVENT THE WATER FROM
FLOWING OR EVEN PLUG UP THE STALACTITE THAT’S IN
THE MAKING.>>Marcus: IT’S STILL A PLACE TO
BE ENJOYED, AN ACTIVE CAVE SITE THAT, DESPITE APPEARANCES,
ISN’T FROZEN IN TIME. (CAVE SOUNDS)>>Marcus: YOU CAN CONTACT THE
FOREST SERVICE FOR DIRECTIONS TO BIG ICE CAVE. YOU’LL NEED A
FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE, GOOD CLEARANCE AND DRY WEATHER TO MAKE THE
TRIP, AND REMEMBER TO PRACTICE
GOOD CAVE CONSERVATION SO THAT FUTURE
GENERATIONS CAN ENJOY THE SITE. GOOD CONVERSATION IS ALSO
IMPORTANT IN A MUSEUM WHERE EVEN EVERYDAY OBJECTS ARE
USEFUL IN TELLING A STORY. THIS IS THE STATION MASTER’S
OFFICE IN THE MILWAUKEE ROAD DEPOT WITH SAT ALONG
THE TRACKS IN DRUMMOND. IT WAS SLATED FOR DEMOLITION
IN 1982, BUT WAS INSTEAD MOVED TO THE MUSEUM AT FORT MISSOULA. RAILROAD ENTHUSIAST
JOHN BARROWS COLLECTED ALL THE OFFICE ARTIFACTS WHICH SEEMED
TO HAVE STOPPED TIME IN
DECEMBER 1944. NOTHING STANDS THE TEST OF
TIME LIKE A GOOD FRIENDSHIP. OUR FINAL STORY TAKES US TO LAME
DEER ON THE NORTHERN CHEYENNE
RESERVATION. THERE WE MET TWO WOMEN WHO CAME
FROM DIFFERENT PLACES AND DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS,
BUT THEY SHARE A COMMON GOAL. (ROAD SOUNDS)>>LET ME GET THAT. GARBAGE
EVERYWHERE! ♪>>YOU HOLD THE SACK. HERE IT
COMES. (Laughing)>>YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN
CALLED SALT AND PEPPER. WE HAVE BEEN CALLED
BUTTERFLIES. WE’RE BEEN CALLED WAR PONIES.>>OKAY, LET’S TRY
THE NEXT ONE.>>Marcus: THEY DON’T CARE WHAT
YOU CALL THEM, AS LONG AS YOU
RESPECT THEIR HARD WORK.>>OH, MAN DID WE EVER WORK.>>Marcus: TEDDY MCMAKIN
AND JANET MULLIN ARE CLEANING UP THE PARK THEY
HELPED ESTABLISH IN LAME DEER. THEY’RE VOLUNTEERS TRYING TO
MAKE THEIR COMMUNITY A
BETTER PLACE.>>Leroy: I WISH WE HAD MORE OF
THEM, YOU KNOW? THAT’S THE TRUTH, YOU KNOW? THEY’RE GREAT–TWO GREAT LADIES
THAT’S HOW I PUT IT, YOU KNOW?>>Clara: THEY HAVE THIS
VORACIOUS APPETITE TO BE
INVOLVED AND DO GOOD THINGS, AND THEY DO.>>TO KNOW JANET AND TEDDY IS TO
REALIZE THEIR STORY ISN’T THAT
SIMPLE.>>SOME OF IT WENT IN. HA HA HA>>Marcus: OR THAT EASY.
>>Teddy: ALLRIGHT!>>Marcus: THE PARK IS ONE
EXAMPLE. THEY DON’T JUST CLEAN
IT, THEY CAME UP WITH THE ORIGINAL IDEA AND EVEN HELPED
DISMANTLE THIS UNWANTED HOUSE
THAT USED TO SIT ON THE PROPERTY.
THEIR GOOD WORK STARTED BACK IN THE ’90s
WHEN THEY MET AT A
WOMEN’S CLUB.>>Teddy: SO THAT’S WHEN JANET
AND I TOOK IT UPON OURSELVES TO
BE CARETAKERS.>>Janet: AND WE NOTICED A LOT OF
PROBLEMS AROUND TOWN, SO WE JUST SAID, “LET’S FIX IT,”
SO WE DID.>>Marcus: ON CERTAIN DAYS
YOU’LL SPOT TEDDY ON HER WAY TO
MEET JANET DRIVING HER TRADEMARK LAWNMOWER
THAT’S CLEANED UP A GOOD PART OF
TOWN. IT WAS TEDDY WHO STARTED
THE EARLY PROJECTS, A SIMPLE FUNDRAISER BOUGHT A MEMORIAL
BENCH TO HONOR TEDDY’S FRIEND. TEDDY LED A GROUP OF WOMEN
TO THE TRIBAL COUNCIL TO DEMAND ACTION ON THE COMPLICATED
PROCESS OF CLEANING UP A BUSINESS LOT THAT WAS AN
EYE-SORE AND POTENTIAL
HEALTH HAZARD.>>Teddy: SOMETIMES THE TRUTH
HURTS, BUT IT’LL WAKE YA UP.
(Laughing)>>Marcus: FOLKS AROUND TOWN
COULD SEE THE RESULTS BUT NOT
EVERYBODY LIKED THIS COMBINATION
OF WOMEN. TWO PEOPLE WITH COMPLETELY
DIFFERENT HISTORIES. [MUSIC] HER CHEYENNE NAME TRANSLATED TO
STRONG STANDS AGAINST THE WIND, AND TEDDY LIVED UP TO IT AS THE
FIRSTBORN CHILD. SHE WAS THE FIRST TO HEAR ADVICE
FROM HER FATHER ABOUT HOW TO
TREAT OTHER PEOPLE.>>Teddy: NEVER WALK OVER THEM.
ALWAYS WALK BESIDE THEM.>>Marcus: BY AGE 16, TEDDY
WAS MARRIED STARTING A FAMILY
AND REALIZING RACISM CUTS BOTH WAYS
ON THE RESERVATION.>>Teddy: MY CHILDREN ARE DARK
AND ALSO WHITE. I HAD A SON THAT’S AS DARK
AS I AM, AND NOBODY EVER SAYS NOTHING TO THEM BUT MY ONES
THAT ARE DARK OR LIGHT LIKE MY DAUGHTER AND MY SON, TWO OF
THEM, THERE’S THAT RACIST
FEELING HERE, YUP.>>Marcus: JANET WAS ALSO AN
OLDEST CHILD AND GREW UP IN IOWA AND EVENTUALLY MOVED TO BILLINGS
WHERE SHE RAN A GROCERY STORE
FOR 15 YEARS. SHE MOVED TO LAME DEER IN 1989
AND RAN ANOTHER GROCERY STORE
WITH HER HUSBAND, JIM. JANET SAYS SHE’S ALWAYS BEEN
A HISTORIAN AT HEART AND BEGAN COLLECTING PHOTOS
FROM NEIGHBORS. BEFORE SHE KNEW IT,
THE JESSIE MULLIN PICTURE MUSEUM WAS BORN NAMED AFTER JANET’S
LATE MOTHER-IN-LAW. ALMOST EVERYTHING CRAMMED INTO
THIS ONE TINY ROOM IS A COPY, BUT IT STILL HOLDS GREAT VALUE
TO THE COMMUNITY. THERE ARE OVER
1,400 PHOTOGRAPHS RANGING FROM PAST TRIBAL PRESIDENTS TO
LOOSE SNAPSHOTS DONATED BY
RESIDENTS. THERE ARE MORE THAN
13,000 PIECES OF INFORMATION, INCLUDING PAST TRIBAL CENSUS
ROLLS, AND JANET’S COMMITMENT TO HER NEW HOME SITS ON THE
SHELF WITH THE 125 BOOKS SHE’S
READ ON THE CHEYENNE PEOPLE.>>Janet: I FIGURED IF I’M GONNA
LIVE HERE, I BETTER LEARN ABOUT THE NATIVE AMERICANS, AND IF
THEY’RE GONNA TRUST ME WITH THEIR VALUABLE PICTURES,
I BETTER DO A GOOD JOB OF IT.>>Clara: IF YOU NOTICE THERE
AREN’T ANY MUSEUMS HERE,
THAT’S JUST A PRIVATE UNDERTAKING THAT SHE
FINANCES ALL HERSELF, YOU KNOW?
IT’S A WONDERFUL THING.>>Marcus: THE MUSEUM, THE
PROJECTS, JANET WAS WORKING HARD
IN HER COMMUNITY. TEDDY COULD SEE THAT AND
APPRECIATED THE RESPECT JANET SHOWED HER AND THE CHEYENNE
PEOPLE, HOWEVER, SOME DIDN’T SEE IT
THAT WAY. (LAWN TRACTOR MOWING) THEY WERE OUT WORKING ONE
DAY WHEN TEDDY HEARD A
FAMILIAR TAUNT, THIS TIME DIRECTED
AT HER FRIEND, JANET.>>Teddy: WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE
ON THIS RESERVATION?
>>Janet: WHITE PERSON.>>Teddy: YOU WHITE TRASH,
YOU SO-AND-SO.”>>Clara: YOU KNOW, JANET IS
A WHITE PERSON, AND SHE IS
VERY MUCH A MINORITY ON THIS RESERVATION
BUT AND THERE’S RACISM ON THIS RESERVATION, I MEAN BOTH
WAYS.>>Janet: MOST PEOPLE ARE PRETTY
RESPECTFUL TO ME.>>Teddy: ITS JUST A VERY FEW
THAT HAVE BEEN REALLY RUDE
TO US.>>Clara: BUT MY MOM AND JANET
DON’T THINK ABOUT THAT. THEY PUT ALL OF THAT ASIDE
FOR THE PROJECTS THEY WORK ON, AND I THINK IT SENDS
A WONDERFUL MESSAGE. WORKING TOGETHER TO, YOU KNOW,
ONE’S AN INDIAN, ONE’S A WHITE
LADY. THEY TRULY, I DON’T THINK
THEY EVER ABOUT THAT. (WEED TRIMMER)>>Marcus: WHICH IS WHY THESE
TWO WOMEN WHO ARE MORE ALIKE
THAN DIFFERENT MOVED ON TO THEIR
BIGGEST PROJECT AT THE MOST SACRED OF LOCATIONS. ♪ THE TWO MEN WHO SAFELY LED
THE CHEYENNE PEOPLE TO THIS PLACE ARE BURIED IN THE CENTER
OF THIS CEMETERY, BUT THERE WASN’T A COMPLETE
RECORD OF WHO ELSE WAS THERE. AFTER A PROPER BLESSING AND
CEREMONY, TEDDY AND JANET WENT
TO WORK.>>Janet: WE JUST SIMPLY WALKED
THE WHOLE THING.>>Marcus: FOR 9 MONTHS, THEY
WALKED THE GROUNDS, LAND
DONATED BY TEDDY’S GREAT GRANDFATHER,
MARKING LOCATIONS AND
DOCUMENTING NAMES. EVENTUALLY THEY MADE A MAP. THEY
COULDN’T IDENTIFY ALL OF THE
GRAVES, BUT 625 NAMES WERE PAINSTAKINGLY
PLOTTED. (PUTTING FLOWERS UP)>>Janet: IT’S SO SAD. THEY WERE
SPECIAL PEOPLE LONG AGO, AND THEY NEED TO BE HONORED.>>Marcus: TEDDY AND JANET,
THEIR HARD WORK SETS AN EXAMPLE AND SO DOES THEIR FRIENDSHIP.>>Teddy: WE SHARE THINGS THAT
MAYBE OTHER PEOPLE WOULDN’T EVEN
CARE ABOUT. BUT TO US, THEY’RE IMPORTANT, AND THAT’S WHAT A FRIEND IS AND
THAT’S WHAT JANET IS.>>Janet: BUT SHE IS MY FRIEND,
AND I LOVE HER. (LAUGHING)>>Marcus: TEDDY AND JANET ALSO
WORK IN THE WOMEN’S CLUB
CHRISTMAS STORE WHICH HELPS PROVIDE
GIFTS FOR AREA CHILDREN. BOTH WOMEN SAY THEY PLAN
TO REMAIN ACTIVE IN AS MANY PROJECTS AS POSSIBLE AS LONG
AS THEY’RE ABLE. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME YOU SPENT
WITH US ON “BACKROADS” TODAY. SOME OF OUR BEST STORIES COME
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AND THE STAFF AT THE HISTORICAL MUSEUM AT FORT MISSOULA
FOR ALL THEIR HELP. THE MUSEUM IS OPEN YEAR ROUND
WITH SLIGHTLY REDUCED HOURS IN
THE WINTERTIME. THEY HAVE AN ACTIVE EXHIBITION
SCHEDULE AND A GREAT 4TH OF JULY
CELEBRATION. REMEMBER EARLIER EPISODES OF
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WATCHING, WE’LL KEEP COVERING
THE “BACKROADS OF MONTANA.” I’M WILLIAM MARCUS. SEE YOU NEXT
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