Bow Virtuoso: Expert craftsman creates one-of-a-kind hunting tools
Story by Brian D’Ambrosio, Photos by Jeremy Lurgio
In bowyer Jim Rempp’s opinion, simple and basic are the natural equals of skill and precision.
“People are tired of current technology,” Rempp said. “They want to go back to the simple things. Wooden archery is the original native archery.”
As a part of a recent consumer backlash against cheaper, newer materials in the past 10 years, Rempp has seen primitive archery re-emerge as an alternative. In a reversal of attitude, many of today’s archers prefer traditional wooden bows over modern counterparts.
“These are the most primitive bows that there are,” said Rempp in between rounds of target practice on a spacious slice of farmland outside Missoula where he makes and tests bows. “They are all wood. Basically, they are just a stick.”
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Meet Montana poet laureate Tami Haaland
Montana’s poet laureate Tami Haaland is on a mission to mend the misunderstanding of poetry.
Poetry is no mystical calling. It doesn’t need to be analytical, critical or scientific.
It only needs to be expressive.
“I tell people that it’s OK to hate poetry,” Haaland said. “A lot of people think they can’t understand it – and many times they can’t. But there are many kinds of fiction that are really difficult to read as well. So, it’s really a matter of giving poetry a longer chance, sticking with it, and evaluating what’s going on and whose talking. From a writing standpoint, it is about expression – and we can all do it.”
Read more of Haaland’s poems at her Montana Arts Council page.
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Warrior in the Ring: Looking back with Marvin Camel
Marvin Camel’s story was centuries in the making.As a young man, Marvin Camel had many dreams, and by those dreams the course of his future was guided. His course would not be complete if set apart from the historical context of the American Indian.The truth is, he was born to boxing the way Satchmo Armstrong was born to music.It’s acceptable to call Marvin a “flathead.” Or, more accurately, a “Flathead,” for that’s the reservation from which he hails. His Indian name is “Strong Leader,” or that’s a close translation, according to Marvin.
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