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History of Montana Fiddling

History of Montana Fiddling

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An article by Aaron Parrett, in the Old Time Herald (2013). A history of fiddle playing in Montana from Metis fiddler Pierre Cruzatte of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the present day.
An article by Aaron Parrett, in the Old Time Herald (2013). A history of fiddle playing in Montana from Metis fiddler Pierre Cruzatte of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the present day.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Jun 11, 2014
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Aih-X`fk Bkreih
 , Sai. 5=, Oa. < (Ceii :>5=) Xbaulb tbky fey bevk jkko prkmkhkh jy safk iaol-carlattko Crkomb trehkr ar treppkr wba beppkokh ta jk fus`meiiy `omi`okh, ^`krrk Mruzettk eoh Lkarlk L`jsao‘pr`vetks `o Ikw`s eoh Mierd‐s Marps ac H`smavkry `o 52>;‘`oeuluretkh tbk b`stary ac aih-t`fk c`hhi`ol `o Faoteoe. Xbk aok-kykh oev`letar eoh treosietar Mruzettk `s tbk jkttkr doawo ac tbk twa fko, pkrbeps fast rkfkfjkrkh car sbaat`ol Ikw`s `o tbk rker ao tbk rkturo gauroky, fyap`meiiy f`sted`ol b`f car eo kid. Jut tbk kxpkh`t`ao‐s  gauroeis rkf`oh us tbet tbk Marps kogaykh tbk pkrcarfeomks ac
twa
 c`hhikrs, eoh wk sbauih rkfkfjkr tbet L`jsao eisa pieykh, tbaulb bk `s fkot`aokh `o tb`s mepem`ty aoiy aomk `o tbk gauroeis.
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 Ao Guok 0, 52>;, Marps fkfjkr ]krlkeot Gabo Arhwey wratk tbet ’`o tbk kvko`ol tbk Mepts. Zkv`vkh tbk perty w`tb e href. Xbky beh e crai`md c`hhikh & heomkh & ]eol uot`ii ietk `o tbk kvko`ol.‖ Xbk sefk hey, Mepte`o Fkr`wktbkr Ikw`s oatkh, ’Mruzettk levk us safk fus`m ao tbk v`ai`o eoh tbk fko pesskh tbk kvko`ol heom`ol s`ol`ol &m eoh wkrk kxtrkfkiy mbkkrcuii.‖ Ao tbet hey tbk fko ac tbk Ikw`s eoh Mierd kxpkh`t`ao wkrk mefpkh `o tbk v`m`o`ty ac tbk Fer`es Z`vkr, w`tb e v`kw ac safk fauote`os (prajejiy tbk B`lbwaahs) ta tbk sautb.
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 Xbksk gauroei kotr`ks erk tbk keri`kst uokqu`vamei rkckrkomks `o tbk b`star`mei rkmarh ta c`hhi`ol `o tbk rkl`ao tbet `s oaw tbk ]tetk ac Faoteoe. E i`ttik fark tbeo e faotb prkv`aus, tbk kxpiarkrs beh mefpkh ao e pa`ot et tbk maociukomk ac tbk Pkiiawstaok eoh tbk F`ssaur` eoh kogaykh e s`f`ier mkikjret`ao, es oatkh jy Ikw`s ao Epr`i :3
 
7 ’…wk arhkrkh e href ta jk `ssukh ta kemb pkrsao4 tb`s saao prahumkh tbk c`hhik, eoh tbky spkot tbk kvko`ol w`tb fumb b`ier`ty, s`ol`ol & heom`ol, eoh skkfkh pkrckmtiy ta carlkt tbk`r pest ta`is, es tbky eppkerkh rklerhikss ac tbask ta mafk.‖
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 Ietkr, `o tbk f`hst ac tbk`r prkperet`aos car tbk partelk erauoh tbk Lrket Ceiis, Arhwey rkferdkh ao Guiy 8, 52>; tbet ’tbk c`hhik put `o arhkr eoh tbk perty efuskh tbkfskivks heom`ol eii tbk kvko`ol uot`ii ejaut 5> aMiamd `o e ]`vki & gav`i feookr.‖
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Fus`maial`sts bevk `hkot`c`kh safk twkoty-skvko rkckrkomks `o tbk gauroeis ta ammes`aos ao wb`mb tbk c`hhik wes pieykh, tbk fegar`ty ac tbkf `o Faoteoe.
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 Jy eoh ierlk, tbk fko wba fehk up tbk Marps wkrk jemdwaahs caid, berhkokh waahsfko hrewo craf tbk pkr`pbkry ac tbk [o`tkh ]tetks‘jatb sam`eiiy eoh lkalrepb`meiiy. Eisa `fparteot ta rkfkfjkr `s tbet e ierlk pkrmkotelk ac tbk Marps ac H`smavkry wkrk Fàt`s‘pkapik ac f`xkh Kurapkeo eoh Efkr`meo @oh`eo ar Meoeh`eo C`rst Oet`aos eomkstry‘`omiuh`ol Mruzettk, wba wes beic Crkomb eoh beic Afebe @oh`eo. Es feoy wkrk ac Crkomb bkr`telk, tbky wauih eisa bevk jkko cef`i`er w`tb tuoks craf e Leii`m, retbkr tbeo pr`fer`iy ]mats-@r`sb, treh`t`ao.
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 Mruzettk‐s eoh L`jsao‐s c`hhi`ol dkpt tbk fko ac tbk Marps ac H`smavkry `o laah sp`r`ts es tbky strullikh upr`vkr tbraulb
tkrre `omalo`te
 , jut tbk`r fus`m skrvkh eo ehh`t`aoei, eoh pkrbeps fark `fparteot, efjessehar`ei purpask.
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 Xbk gauroeis `oh`metk tbet feoy ac tbk ammes`aos ao wb`mb tbk c`hhik wes pieykh wkrk komauotkrs w`tb @oh`eos, car wbaf fus`m mauih bevk fkh`m`ok, e sp`r`tuei pawkr. Xbk @oh`eos wkrk kelkr ta kxmbeolk tbk`r fus`m w`tb tbk wb`tk trevkikrs, eoh tbky bkih heomks tbet iestkh ietk `ota tbk o`lbt. [ocartuoetkiy, oaok ac tbk gauroeis kotr`ks fkot`aos jy oefk eoy ac tbk tuoks tbky pieykh, jut es oatkh jy Zajkrt Buot, wba bes wr`ttko ejaut tbk fus`m ac tbk kxpkh`t`ao, jkmeusk ac Mruzettk‐s Crkomb bkr`telk fus`maial`sts ’essufk tbet feoy Crkomb Meoeh`eo caid tuoks ac tbk kre fehk up e maos`hkrejik pert ac b`s rkpkrta`rk.‖
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 Xbk`r rkpkrta`rk f`lbt tbkrkcark bevk `omiuhkh sumb tuoks es ’Gai`k Jiaohk‖ eoh ’Xbk Aih Crkomb Barop`pk,‖ tuoks tbet erk st`ii papuier tahey. Buot eisa rkmaostrumts e i`dkiy rkpkrta`rk jeskh ao tbk typk ac heom`ol tbk fko wkrk fast i`dkiy ta bevk kolelkh `o. L`vko tbet fast ac tbk rkmru`ts be`ikh craf Dkotumdy eoh atbkr craot`kr rkl`aos, smbaiers bevk surf`skh tbet wbko tbk gauroeis fkot`ao heom`ol, tbky fast i`dkiy rkckr ta e d`oh ac jumd heom`ol. Uu`tk i`dkiy tbk fko wauih eisa bevk pkrcarfkh fark carfei mauotry heom`ol, kspkm`eiiy wbko meiikh upao ta sberk tbk`r fkh`m`ok saols eoh hkfaostretk tbk`r heomk carfs ta tbk @oh`eos.
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Bawerh Fersbeii, eo aih-t`fk c`hhikr eoh prackssar ac ermbkaialy eoh ert b`stary et tbk [o`vkrs`ty ac F`ssaur`, bes eisa `ovkst`letkh tbk i`dkiy rkpkrta`rk ac Mruzettk eoh L`jsao. Es e rksuit ac b`s rkskermb, bk bes rkmarhkh e MH meiikh
C`hhik Xuoks ac tbk Ikw`s eoh Mierd Kre
. Feoy ac tbk tuoks Fersbeii `hkot`c`ks rkfe`o emt`vk `o tbk rkpkrta`rks ac aih-t`fk c`hhikrs tahey, sumb es ’C`sbkr‐s Barop`pk,‖ ’]aih`kr‐s Gay,‖ eoh ’Iketbkr Jr`tmbks.‖ Jkmeusk aih-t`fk c`hhi`ol wes `oeuluretkh `o Faoteoe et tbk rkiet`vkiy ietk hetk ac 52>;, tbk hkvkiapfkot ac e h`st`omt`vk rkl`aoei styik `o Faoteoe bes iellkh safk hkmehks‘pkrbeps es fumb es e mkotury‘jkb`oh tbk hkvkiapfkot ac styiks `o tbk Kestkro rkl`aos craf wb`mb tbk fus`m err`vkh. @t `s st`ii pkrbeps taa saao ta spked ac e h`st`omtiy Faoteoe styik ac c`hhi`ol, jut wk meo `hkot`cy feoy ac tbk stre`os tbet w`ii jk pert ac `t. C`hhikr F`dk \`ii`efs `o Bkikoe eoh J`ii ]kvarks `o F`ssauie hksmr`jk prkskot-hey aih-t`fk c`hhi`ol `o Faoteoe es e f`sb-fesb ac ver`aus styiks‘e cejr`m ac h`cckrkot streohs maotr`jutkh jy h`cckrkot ktbo`m lraups. \`ii`efs erluks tbet, uoi`dk mkrte`o erkes ac tbk Kest, sumb es Oartb Merai`oe ar Okw Kolieoh, Faoteoe bes oa h`st`omt`vk c`hhi`ol styik es ykt jkmeusk tbk tuoks eoh styiks tbet erk pieykh bkrk erk h`vkrsk eoh rkiet`vkiy rkmkot `fparts craf tbask aihkr erkes. ]kvarks eisa spkmuietks tbet tbk mafperet`vkiy sfeii papuiet`ao ac Faoteoe bes `ob`j`tkh tbk hkvkiapfkot ac e h`st`omt, sberkh styik.
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 Xbet esskssfkot `s marrajaretkh jy tbk fkfa`rs ac ietk o`oktkkotb- eoh keriy twkot`ktb-mkotury c`hhikrs. J`ii Merisao, car kxefpik, oatks `o
K`lbty Pkers ac Zas`o eoh Ciaar \ex
 tbet bk ikerokh ta piey craf b`s cetbkr, wba c`rst ikerokh ]wkh`sb tuoks craf b`s fatbkr, jut wes tbko `ociukomkh jy tbk Xkxes mawjays w`tb wbaf bk mefk `ota maotemt `o tbk 520>s. (Ietk o`oktkkotb-mkotury mawjays cauoh tbet fus`m beh e meif`ol kcckmt ao tbk`r bkrhs7 ’Actko,‖ rkfkfjkrkh aok mawjay, ’bevk @ tedko fy aih c`hhik et o`lbt wbko ao tbk tre`i, eoh wb`ik safk ac fy mafpeo`aos wauih ikeh fy barsk erauoh

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