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To See Them Run: Great Plains Coyote Coursing

Eric A. Eliason

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ISBN 10: 1496803868 / ISBN 13: 9781496803863
Published by University Press of Mississippi, 2015
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Title: To See Them Run: Great Plains Coyote ...

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

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To See Them Run explores how and why Great Plains hunters have chased coyotes with greyhounds and other sight hounds since before George Armstrong Custer. Though a well-developed, long-lived, widespread, and undeniably enthralling tradition, the practice remains little known, even to those living in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and South Dakota, where the tradition is common. Coyote coursing, hunting with greyhounds launched from specially made pickup rigs, is a hobby by locals, for locals, and it has remained a quintessentially vernacular enterprise occupying a rung below the Plains' prestige forms of animal training and interaction--namely with horses and cattle. The coyote coursing tradition provides an ideal setting for exploring the relationship between animals and the study of folklore.

The book examines the artistry, thrills, values, camaraderie, economy, and controversies of this uncommercialized and never-before-studied vernacular tradition. Through ethnographic photographs and authentic collected commentary from participants, this book uncovers how hunting dogs and coyotes both have shaped and been shaped by human aesthetic sensibilities in ongoing folkloric and biological processes. Author Eric A. Eliason and photographer Scott Squire discover deep and sophisticated local knowledge in a unique interaction with the natural ecologies of the great North American prairie.

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Eric A. Eliason, Springville, Utah, is professor of folklore at Brigham Young University. He has published on hunting, as well as Caribbean, military, Mormon, Russian, English, Afghan, American, Mexican, and biblical cultural traditions. His books include Wild Games: Hunting and Fishing Traditions in North America with Dennis Cutchins, Latter-day Lore: Mormon Folklore Studies with Tom Mould, and Black Velvet Art with Scott Squire (published by University Press of Mississippi).

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