The Author

James W. Schultz (1859-1947)

J.W. Schultz was an author, explorer, hunting guide, trapper, trading post operator, and historian of Indian lore. He was born to a wealthy New York family. His future as a young adult was to include military school and then West Point. At the end of his junior year, Schultz set off a canon during graduation and was asked not to return. His military “career” was done! He left home at 17 years of age to live with his uncle in St. Louis and learn the hotel business. 

Schultz was fascinated by the people he met and stories of the wild west. He wrote a letter to his mother asking for $500 to go on a buffalo hunt and promised to return to New York at the end of summer. Shultz mother did indeed send him the $500 for his adventure, but he did not return. James boarded a steamboat and traveled 2,000 miles before arriving at Ft. Benton Montana Territory in 1877. It was there he began his love of trading with the Pikuni Blackfeet Indians. He visited their villages, hunted bison and other game with them, and learned their language. He was 19 years old when he married his first wife, a fifteen year old Blackfeet maiden, Nataki.

Schultz loved exploring the wilderness that eventually became Glacier National Park. George Bird Grinnell, the founder of Glacier National Park was a good friend of Schultz. They explored the entire area, naming many of the land marks known today. Years later, Schultz took his journals and wrote many articles and stories in magazines as well as authored 37 books, most were about his life with the Blackfeet Indians.

Books by James Willard Schultz (on sale at our gift shop)

+ My Life as an Indian – The Story of a Red Woman and a White Man in the Lodges of the Blackfeet. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co. (1907) and Houghton Mifflin Co. (1914)

+ With the Indians in the Rockies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1912)

+ Sinopah: The Indian Boy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1913)

+ The Quest of the Fish-dog Skin. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1913)

+ On The Warpath. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1914)

+ Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1916)

+ Apauk-Caller of Buffalo. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1916)

+ The Gold Cache. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1917)

+ Bird Woman (Sacajewa) – The Guide of Lewis and Clark. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1918)

+ Lone Bull’s Mistake – A Lodgepole Chief Story. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1918)

+ Rising Wolf – The White Blackfeet, Hugh Monroe’s Story of his first year on the plains. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1919)

+ Running Eagle – The Warrior Girl. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1919)

+ In the Great Apache Forest. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1920)

+ Dreadful River Cave. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1920)

+ The War-Trail Fort – Further Adventures of Thomas Fox and Pitamakan. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1921)

+ Seizer of Eagles. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1921)

+ Trail of the Spanish Horse. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1922)

+ The Danger Trail: A Thrilling Story of the Fur-Traders. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1923)

+ Friends of My Life as an Indian. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1923)

+ Sahtaki And I. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1924)

+ Plumed Snake Medicine. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1924)

+ Questers of the Desert. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1925)

+ Signposts of Adventure: Glacier National Park as the Indians Know It. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1925)

+ Sun Woman – A Novel. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1926)

+ William Jackson – Indian Scout. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1926)

+ A Son of the Navahos. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1927)

+ Red Crow’s Brother. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1927)

+ In Enemy Country. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1928)

+ Skull Head The Terrible. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1929)

+ The White Beaver. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1930)

+ Sun God’s Children. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. With Jesse Louise Donaldson (1930)

+ Friends and Foes in the Rockies. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1931)

+ Alder Gulch Gold. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1931)

+ Gold Dust. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1934)

+ The White Buffalo Robe. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1935)

+ Stained Gold. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1937)

+ Short Bow’s Big Medicine. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1940)PUBLISHED POSTHUMOUSLY

+ Blackfeet Man: Stories of the Famous Montana Indian Story Writer and an Original Map and Guide to the Beautiful Region He Loved. (Montana Heritage Series). Helena: Montana Historical Society. (1961)

+ Blackfeet & Buffalo (1962)

+ Why Gone Those Times (1974)

+ Floating On The Missouri (1979)

+ Many Strange Characters (1982)

+ Bear Chief’s War Shirt (1983)

+ Recently Discovered Tales of Life Among the Indians (1988)

+ In Arizona, 1909 (1988)

+ Blackfeet Tales from Apikuni’s World (2002)

+ The Wolfers (2006)

The Author

James W. Schultz (1859-1947)

J.W. Schultz was an author, explorer, hunting guide, trapper, trading post operator, and historian of Indian lore. He was born to a wealthy New York family. His future as a young adult was to include military school and then West Point. At the end of his junior year, Schultz set off a canyon during graduation and was asked not to return. His military “career” was done! He left home at 17 years of age to live with his uncle in St. Louis and learn the hotel business. 

Schultz was fascinated by the people he met and stories of the wild west. He wrote a letter to his mother asking for $500 to go on a buffalo hunt and promised to return to New York at the end of summer. Shultz mother did indeed send him the $500 for his adventure, but he did not return. James boarded a steamboat and traveled 2,000 miles before arriving at Ft. Benton Montana Territory in 1877. It was there he began his love of trading with the Pikuni Blackfeet Indians. He visited their villages, hunted bison and other game with them, and learned their language. He was 19 years old when he married his first wife, a fifteen year old Blackfeet maiden, Nataki.

Schultz loved exploring the wilderness that eventually became Glacier National Park. George Bird Grinnell, the founder of Glacier National Park was a good friend of Schultz. They explored the entire area, naming many of the land marks known today. Years later, Schultz took his journals and wrote many articles and stories in magazines as well as authored 37 books, most were about his life with the Blackfeet Indians.

Books by James Willard Schultz (on sale at our gift shop)

+ My Life as an Indian – The Story of a Red Woman and a White Man in the Lodges of the Blackfeet. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co. (1907) and Houghton Mifflin Co. (1914)

+ With the Indians in the Rockies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1912)

+ Sinopah: The Indian Boy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1913)

+ The Quest of the Fish-dog Skin. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1913)

+ On The Warpath. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1914)

+ Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1916)

+ Apauk-Caller of Buffalo. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1916)

+ The Gold Cache. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1917)

+ Bird Woman (Sacajewa) – The Guide of Lewis and Clark. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1918)

+ Lone Bull’s Mistake – A Lodgepole Chief Story. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1918)

+ Rising Wolf – The White Blackfeet, Hugh Monroe’s Story of his first year on the plains. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1919)

+ Running Eagle – The Warrior Girl. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1919)

+ In the Great Apache Forest. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1920)

+ Dreadful River Cave. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1920)

+ The War-Trail Fort – Further Adventures of Thomas Fox and Pitamakan. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1921)

+ Seizer of Eagles. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1921)

+ Trail of the Spanish Horse. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1922)

+ The Danger Trail: A Thrilling Story of the Fur-Traders. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1923)

+ Friends of My Life as an Indian. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1923)

+ Sahtaki And I. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1924)

+ Plumed Snake Medicine. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1924)

+ Questers of the Desert. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1925)

+ Signposts of Adventure: Glacier National Park as the Indians Know It. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1925)

+ Sun Woman – A Novel. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1926)

+ William Jackson – Indian Scout. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1926)

+ A Son of the Navahos. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1927)

+ Red Crow’s Brother. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1927)

+ In Enemy Country. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1928)

+ Skull Head The Terrible. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1929)

+ The White Beaver. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1930)

+ Sun God’s Children. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. With Jesse Louise Donaldson (1930)

+ Friends and Foes in the Rockies. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1931)

+ Alder Gulch Gold. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1931)

+ Gold Dust. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1934)

+ The White Buffalo Robe. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1935)

+ Stained Gold. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1937)

+ Short Bow’s Big Medicine. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (1940)PUBLISHED POSTHUMOUSLY

+ Blackfeet Man: Stories of the Famous Montana Indian Story Writer and an Original Map and Guide to the Beautiful Region He Loved. (Montana Heritage Series). Helena: Montana Historical Society. (1961)

+ Blackfeet & Buffalo (1962)

+ Why Gone Those Times (1974)

+ Floating On The Missouri (1979)

+ Many Strange Characters (1982)

+ Bear Chief’s War Shirt (1983)

+ Recently Discovered Tales of Life Among the Indians (1988)

+ In Arizona, 1909 (1988)

+ Blackfeet Tales from Apikuni’s World (2002)

+ The Wolfers (2006)

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