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Dakota Midday: Hugh Glass, Fred Manfred, and The Revenant


"The Revenant" made news this past Sunday with Oscar wins in cinematography and a best actor win for star Leonardo DiCapprio. The character DiCapprio portrays in the film is mountain man Hugh Glass, who famously survived a grizzly bear mauling and then crawled 200 grueling South Dakota miles.

Harry Thompson, director of the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University, talks about the story of Hugh Glass and Fred Manfred. Manfred wrote the iconic book “Lord Grizzly.”

The CWS "Voices of the Northern Plains" exhibit features Frederick Manfred, and others who influenced the writing of the Plains. On display are Manfred's writing desk, typewriter, briefcase, buckskin boots and other papers. The Center's archives also include Manfred's personal papers.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.