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The Old West Series Ethnic Heritage
in North Dakota
by Bismarck Tribune
writers and others, with editing, production and supporting text by
Francie M. Berg.
Published by Atteyeh
The Last Great Buffalo Hunts: Traditional Hunts in 1880 to 1883 by Teton Lakota People
by Francie M. Berg, published by Dakota Buttes Visitors Council
North Dakota
Land of
Changing Seasons
Francie M. Berg
South Dakota
Land of
Shining Gold

Francie M. Berg
Wyoming
Land of
Echoing
Canyons
Beverley Elaine Brink
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Image of Last Great Buffalo Hunts by Lakota People

186 pages; large format, 8½ by 11

The pages of this book come alive with the beauty and grandeur of this land of changing seasons—the badlands, sweep of prairie, northern forests, lakes, wide Missouri, wildlife,
the drama of winter, vitality of springtime, pace of August and melting warmth of golden Indian Summer days. (read more)

Hardcover $28.95

Softcover $19.95

176 pages, large format, 8½ by 11

A colorful, concise and complete guide to the state of South Dakota. It’s as modern as the latest tourist stop and college kids relaxing under a campus elm. Yet it examines the fur trade, Indian life, longhorn cattle on the trail, the boom and bust era of homesteading.
(read more)

Hardcover $28.95

176 pages, large format, 8½ by 11

This book brings to life the very essence of Wyoming. State facts are arranged for quick reference. But it is the personal stories that make this Wyoming epic a delight to readers—people who met hardships laced with humor, laughed and wept through the history of a unique state. (read more)

Hardcover $28.95

176 pages, large format, 8½ by 11

Here is the story of the many people who came to North Dakota and their rich heritage and traditions that have become a distinct and unique part of the state today. Fleischkuekle and lutefisk, polkas and pow-wows, tole painting and wycinanki—all are part of the mosaic. This unique book covers the foods, arts and crafts, dances, folklore and religious institutions of North Dakota. (read more)

Hardcover $28.95


Softcover $19.95

46 pages,
5½ by 8½

This is the true story of the last stand of the American buffalo —brought together here for the first time. For fifteen years almost no buffalo were seen in Dakota Territory. All had gone farther west and most killed off by white hide hunters. Then about 1880, the last 50,000 returned. (read more)

Softcover $5.00

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PHOTOS: Over 260

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Image of North Dakota Land of Changing Seasons

186 pages;
large format, 8 ½ by 11

ISBN 0918532019
Hardcover $28.95

ISBN 0918532027
Softcover $19.95

 

 

North Dakota Land of Changing Seasons, by Francie M. Berg

The pages of this book come alive with the beauty and grandeur of this land of changing seasons—the badlands, sweep of prairie, northern forests, lakes, wide Missouri, wildlife, the drama of winter, vitality of springtime, pace of August and melting warmth of golden Indian Summer days. The ironies of human experience in this land have not been evaded. Dramatic themes that begin in history and spill over into issues of today—a crisis on Indian reservations, drought, the cost-price squeeze in agriculture, water, coal and oil.

Yet North Dakota Land of Changing Seasons is a positive book that confirms the strength of rural America in the high-tech age. Open it anywhere to illustrations that evoke a memory or stir the soul. A threshing scene, rodeos, girls cooking over a campfire, skiing the Turtle Mountains, bighorns silhouetted on the ridge. Here are pioneer stories told in a mother’s own words, the raucous cry of the land promoter, jokes and frivolity of homesteading days. Here are college students, athletes, actors, tourists, ranchers, fishermen, old-timers and hunters. Illustrated with more than four hundred pictures, over sixty in full color.


About the Author
Francie M. Berg is a teacher, youth leader, a licensed nutritionist and author and publisher with strong roots in the old west region states of which she writes. Born in the Missouri River Breaks, she grew up on a Montana cattle ranch and lives in North Dakota. Her mother and grandparents traveled four hundred miles by covered wagon to a homestead on the Grand River in South Dakota. Other family homesteads were in Montana and North Dakota. Francie is a graduate of Montana State University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She also writes in the area of health and wellness and is the author of thirteen books (more).

It’s the book North Dakota needed. – B Dalton Bookseller

North Dakota Land of Changing Seasons is one of the most colorful, exciting and
informative books on our state that I have ever encountered. It should be in all of our schools
and I wish it could be read by everyone who is unfamiliar— or has forgotten— that North Dakota
has a social history of events and people, and that it bears and prepares for four seasons.

–Marjorie Smith, Jamestown (ND) Sun


Image of North Dakota Land of Changing Seasons

176 pages,
large format, 8 ½ by 11

ISBN 0918532078
Hardcover $28.95

 

South Dakota Land of Shining Gold, by Francie M. Berg

South Dakota Land of Shining Gold is a colorful, concise and complete guide to the state of South Dakota. It’s as modern as the latest tourist stop and college kids relaxing under a campus elm. Yet it examines in historical depth the fur trade, Indian life, longhorn cattle on the trail, the boom and bust era of homesteading. It celebrates the soft gold of prairie grasses and wildlife—the antelope, meadowlark and coyote. The beauty of a landscape where the sun shines golden nearly every day, in every season, turning skies radiant at sunrise and sunset.

The bright golds of corn harvest, pheasants, cactus blooms, grain fields. Gold dust flashing a skipped heartbeat into the miner’s pan. State facts are listed for quick reference. This is a colorful presentation of South Dakota places, events, and a people and their way of life. Visit the inspiring mountain sculpture of four presidents on Mt. Rushmore; tour Homestake as the largest gold mine in the western hemisphere; hunt fossils in the badlands and dinosaur beds. There’s a rich social history too. Poignant personal stories told with warmth make this book a true delight for young and old.

A good history of South Dakota; an enticement to tourists contemplating a visit to this colorful state;
a source book for the researcher interested in a history of the west. Specific topics include business and
industry, agriculture, the arts, early ranching, the fur trade and vacation spots.The many early photographs
of the state and its people, plus present-day shots (many in color) are worth the price of the book.

Booklist, American Library Assn.

The book truly captures South Dakota . . . Indian legends, grasshopper
plagues, dust storms and the gold rush . . . a superb job.

William J. Janklow
Governor of South Dakota


Image of North Dakota Land of Changing Seasons

176 pages,
large format, 8 ½ by 11

ISBN 0918532159
Hardcover $28.95

 

Wyoming Land of Echoing Canyons, by Beverley Elaine Brink

Wyoming Land of Echoing Canyons is a colorful and complete guide to the state of Wyoming. It is as up-to-date as winter snowmobiling on high mountain ranges, and yet examines in historical depth the fur trade, Indian life, boom-and-bust mining cycles and the homesteading. You’ll come to know Wyoming in all its richness and history. From the pioneer spirit that has endured through the ages to the present day broad scope of human activity.

This book brings to life the very essence of Wyoming with real Western flavor. State facts are arranged for quick reference. But it is the personal stories that make this Wyoming epic a delight to readers—stories of Packsaddle Jack, Cattle Kate, Lizzie Brokenhorn, people who met hardships laced with humor, laughed and wept through the history of a unique state. The whack of the bullwhip, deadly mine explosions, outlaws criss-crossing the state with sheriff posses hot on their trails, excite the palate of young and old. Confirms the spirit and strengths of the west.

About the Author
Beverley Elaine Brink, a national award winning author, received her journalism degree from the University of Montana and a master’s from the University of Wyoming. A long-time newspaper editor and journalist, she held these positions on the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale), Dayton Daily News (OH) and Mexico (D.F.) News. Then she left the world of metropolitan newspapers and founded one of the first independent newspapers in Indian country, at Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana. Beverley worked many years with Indian tribal colleges and health programs in Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. Her love for the traditions and lore of the West prompted her to explore and translate the beauty and vividness that is Wyoming, its social history and economic growth.

Eye-catching and informative, this book will appeal to anyone who wants to understand the genuine Wyoming
                                    —Jack Ravage, Assist. Professor Telecommunications
University of Wyoming

A must for any teacher involved with Wyoming’s history.

—Joe Vogler, Education Manager
Wyoming Game and Fish Department

This book is anthropology, geology, geography, history, ecology and folk tales combined.
Extensively researched and engagingly written. Ms. Brink’s thorough
scholarship enlivens famous events with little-known facts and telling anecdotes.

—Sue Anne Parker, Instructor
Dull Knife College, Lame Deer, Montana


Image of Ethnic Heritage in North Dakota

176 pages;
large format, 8 ½ by 11

ISBN 0918532132
Hardcover $28.95

ISBN 0918532140
Softcover $19.95

 

Ethnic Heritage in North Dakota

Ethnic Heritage in North Dakota tells the story of the many people who came to North Dakota and their rich heritage and traditions that have become a distinct and unique part of the state today. Fleischkuekle and lutefisk, polkas and pow-wows, tole painting and wycinanki—all are part of the mosaic. This unique book covers the foods, arts and crafts, dances, folklore and religious institutions of over twenty-five national groups that make up the ethnic portrait of North Dakota. It describes the immigrant and pioneer experiences of the state’s settlers while exploring their cultural contributions to the state’s present day life.

This colorful history is told in articles, personal accounts, family stories, and original immigrant and pioneer photographs will take you back to their roots and illustrate the continuity of ethnic culture that still exists. The book is based on two heritage specials produced by the Bismarck Tribune: “We, the People” and “North Dakota Indians—a Time of Transition.” Authored by Bismarck Tribune writers and others, with editing, production and supporting text by Francie M. Berg, it is published by the Atteyeh Foundation.

 

When the Bismarck Tribune published two special sections on North Dakota’s Indian people
and the ethnic origins of the state’s residents, enthusiastic readers were likely to remark,
“This material ought to be in book form.” And now it is.

—North Dakota Horizons

There’s an old joke about North Dakota that says 40 below keeps out the riff-raff.
I seriously feel that our ethnic heritage reflects that statement in a very positive way,
and the readers of
Ethnic Heritage in North Dakota will plainly see the roots
that make our high quality of life in North Dakota what it is today.

 —Senator Mark Andrews, N.D.

 

An important addition to our state’s history. It shows that North Dakota embodies
the very spirit of America . . . A state born from the hard work of a vast number
of diverse nationalities and cultures.
—Congressman Byron Dorgan, N.D.


Image of Last Great Buffalo Hunts by Lakota People

46 pages; 5½ x 8½

ISBN 091853256
Softcover $5.00

 

The Last Great Buffalo Hunts:
Traditional Hunts in 1880 to 1883 by Teton Lakota People
, by Francie M. Berg

This is the true story of the last stand of the American buffalo—brought together here for the first time. For fifteen years almost no buffalo were seen in Dakota Territory. All had gone farther west and most killed off by white hide hunters. Then about 1880, the last 50,000 returned to reservation lands on what is now the North and South Dakota border. No one knew it at the time, but these were virtually all that remained of the immense herds of buffalo, estimated at sixty to seventy-five million, that once ranged across North America.

Native elders said the buffalo returned to fulfill their destiny of providing desperately needed food, clothing and shelter for their Lakota brothers and sisters. The Last Great Buffalo Hunts tells the stories of the Great Buffalo Hunt on Hiddenwood Creek in June 1882, the winter hunt in the Slim Buttes (1880-1881), Theodore Roosevelt’s trophy hunt of a lone survivor in 1883 and the final hunt by Sitting Bull and his band of nearly a thousand in October 1883, all documented by original sources at the scene. Written by Francie M. Berg and published by the Dakota Buttes Visitors Council of Hettinger, North Dakota.

 

It would hardly be possible to make a more glittering array . . . and the plains of Dakota had not
for many years seen so resplendent a gathering of people as that which moved out of
Standing Rock just after dawn on the tenth of June 1882.

—James McLaughlin, Fort Yates
Indian Agent at Standing Rock


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A second imprint by Flying Diamond Books publishing is Healthy Weight Network,
producing key educational materials in nutrition and health, eating and weight, in both print and online.

Topics: HEALTH, WEIGHT, EATING AND NUTRITION
Books below are written by Frances M. Berg

  • Health Risks of Weight Loss
  • Health Risks of Obesity
  • Weight Loss Quackery and Fads
  • How to Lose Weight the Action Way
  • Leaders Guide for Action Groups

Healthy Weight Network website contains a wealth of educational material on health and nutrition, weight and eating issues.
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