Speaker:

John Bieter

The Owyhees: American Identity and the West

Dr. Bieter uses six stories to explain the formation and legacy of the western identity in America. Originating in the Owyhee Mountains of southwestern Idaho, Bieter exposes the conflict that arises over land disputes such as nineteenth century competing mining claims, ‘the last American Indian massacre’ and the cattle-sheep wars. In the twentieth century, Bieter traces how the power of the western identity continues to impact our lives through the saga of Claude Dallas, the Taylor Creek bombing range conflict and the continuing debate over the Owyhee Canyonlands.