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American Mountain Men. Photo by National Geographic.
American Mountain Men
National Geographic/David Burnett video: Photographing the Revival of the American Mountain Man

AMM. Photo by National Geographic.
Photographing the Revival of the American Mountain Man
New video featuring the AMM
November 18, 2015

National Geographic has posted a video documentary by photographer David Burnett which profiles members of the American Mountain Men, a brotherhood of men dedicated to learning, living, and teaching about the lives of the mountaineers who explored, trapped and traded in the American West in the early 1800s. Burnett spent two years among the AMM photographing for his video. Many of the people shown in the video have been coming to the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale for years helping with Living History Days each year in May and giving educational talks and demonstrations during Green River Rendezvous Days in July.

The AMM is a fraternity of men who have a passion for learning the arts and skills of the daily life of the early explorers and fur trappers known today as the "Mountain Men." The AMM members endeavor to learn as historically accurately as possible about the daily lives of these men. Much of their learning is through reliving the experiences of those early adventurers by recreating and wearing the kinds of clothing the Mountain Men wore and using the tools they used in their daily lives as they ventured into untamed country as explorers and business venturers.

Members of the AMM have a deep passion for the fraternal camaraderie and thirst of knowledge to better understand and experience the independence, freedom, strength and courage of these early adventurers, and their ability to survive alone in nature using only what nature has to offer. These early frontiersmen were a uniquely American icon whose exploration and fur-trapping ventures in the early 1800s led the way for the later opening and settling of the American West in the mid- to late 1800s."The American Mountain Men (AMM) association strives to preserve ‘the traditions and ways of this nation’s most fearless pioneers and daring explorers’ and ‘share the fraternal concept to teach, share, and learn the skills needed and required to survive and live as the great American mountain men did.’"

Click on this link to see the National Geographic video: Photographing the Revival of the American Mountain Man

Related Links
  • The American Mountain Men
  • - Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming
  • Museum of the Mountain Man Facebook page
  • Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal - Annual publication of the Museum of the Mountain Man/Sublette County Historical Society
  • The Revanant - Movie about the grizzly bear attack on mountain man Hugh Glass in 1823, coming out January 8, 2016
  • Revenant movie trailer
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