historical tours

the upper missouri breaks

Paddle through the wild and scenic White Cliffs section of the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument in north-central Montana. Camp where Lewis and Clark camped during their journey of 1805-1806, investigate tipi rings, see rock art and abandoned pioneer homesteads, and explore the breath taking sandstone rock formations, while learning about and discussing current archaeological research in the Upper Missouri region. Learn about landscape archaeology, the ethnohistorical context of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the formation of the Blackfeet Confederacy, and the influence of Karl Bodmer and George Catlin on popular perceptions of the West while floating through a landscape that has changed little in the past 200 years.

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trailer: the archaeology of the Missouri Breaks

See the “cultural landscape” of the Lewis & Clark Trail through the eyes of an archaeologist! A cultural landscape is one vast artifact that includes historic places and their stories, plant and animal resources and their relationships to human populations, as well as the routes that run through and connect it all.

hike the lolo trail

an ancient and scenic high-altitude route through northern idaho

The Lolo Trail is a segment of an ancient route used by the Nimiipuu (a.k.a. “Nez Perce”) people of northern Idaho and eastern Washington for the last 13,000 or more years to harvest bison and other plains resources in modern-day Montana. At an average altitude of around 7,000 feet, this truck-assisted hiking tour takes you past Nimiipuu traditional cultural properties as well as sites from the 1805-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition and the 1877 Nez Perce War.

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in the media


“One of my favorite young guides, an archaeologist named Kevin O’Briant….” – Clay Jenkinson


“Er spricht über seltene Pflanzen, Archäologie, die Zeit, als die Ureinwohner hier noch ohne den weißen Mann leben durften….” – Claus Hulverscheidt


“…his deeply informed, ego-free way of addressing the topics at hand, was perfectly suited to a group that had done its research….” – Chase Reynolds Ewald