‘The Revenant’ takes Best Motion Picture at Golden Globes
Best Motion Picture
Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio go up to accept the award for Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globe awards.
Grizzly Bear attack
Mountain man Hugh Glass was attacked by a sow grizzly bear in 1823. He was badly mauled, but survived.
Leonardo DiCaprio takes Best Actor and Alejandro Iñárritu takes Best Director
by Pinedale Online!
January 11, 2016
"The Revenant" was the night’s big winner at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 10th taking the award for best Motion Picture Drama. Leonardo DiCaprio took the award as Best Actor for his portrayal of Hugh Glass. Alejandro G. Iñárritu took the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture Director.
The movie is a fictionalized account inspired by the true story of a grizzly bear attack on mountain man Hugh Glass in 1823 in territory that is today South Dakota. The story is about the bear attack, Hugh Glass’s incredible survival, and his search for revenge on his compatriots who left him for dead in the wilderness. The movie is not a documentary. It is based on a novel by Michael Punke who based his story as one where Glass is motivated to survive in order to seek revenge on the men who left him for dead after the bear attack, one of whom also killed his son.
Leonardo DiCaprio played the lead role as Hugh Glass. The movie was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Academy Award winning director of Birdman in 2015.
The Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale is excited about the new movie and hopes people seeing it will want to learn more about the history of the fur trade era and the mountain men who lived that perilous life, which the Museum interprets. The Museum will have a grand new diorama display of the grizzly bear attack as a new exhibit this summer. The Museum opens May 1st. For those wanting to know the Fact vs Hollywood Fiction of the real Hugh Glass story, see the Museum’s new website www.hughglass.org.
The Museum of the Mountain Man/Sublette County Historical Society’s annual fur trade history academic publication, The Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, has a number of articles that relate to things mentioned in The Revenant movie. Back copies of the Journal are available for order online on the Museum’s website, www.museumofthemountainman.com
Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal - Volume 2 – 2008:
- The Legend of Jedediah Smith: Fact, Fantasy and Opinion by James C. Auld – Mr. Auld challenges the devout, Bible-toting Christian image developed of Jedediah Smith. In the process he touches on the letter written by Hugh Glass to the family of John Gardner after the Arikara Battle and whether Jedediah Smith delivered the prayer mentioned in the letter.
- Trappers’ Cache: Trade Goods, Equipment and Clothing of the William Ashley and Jedediah Smith Trapping Ventures by Clay Landry. Using original records, Mr. Landry details the type of items and prices of supplies used to outfit the Rocky Mountain trapping enterprises of the early 1820s.
- "To Preserve Peace on the Frontiers:" Federal Regulation and the Fur Trade by Dr. Brad Tennant – Dr. Tennant explores the attempts at federal regulation of trade with native tribes on the early frontier including the factory system (government trading posts) whose repeal spurred private ventures, including the partnership of Henry-Ashley, that headed up the Missouri in 1822. The article also touches on the Arikara trade and hostilities that culminated in the Arikara War of 1823.
Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal - Volume 5 – 2011:
- Tracking Jim Bridger: Finding the Trail of Old Gabe by Jerry Enzler – Mr. Enzler explores several aspects Jim Bridger’s life that have been accepted, but need further analysis. This includes questioning whether Jim Bridger was one of the two men who abandoned Hugh Glass.
- "A Life Wild and Perilous": Death in the Far West among Trappers and Traders by James Hannon Jr. – Mr. Hannon has compiled 314 confirmed trapper and trader deaths in the mountains and uses that database to analyze frequency and types of deaths, including death by grizzly bear.
- An 1824-1825 Columbia Fur Trade Ledger by Jim Hardee – Mr. Hardee reveals a newly discovered trade ledger from James Kipp’s Columbia Fur Company trading house near Fort Tilton in 1824-1825. The 15 men whose transactions show in the ledger were contemporaries of Hugh Glass. The ledgers show the type of trade items trappers were using at the time.
Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal - Volume 7 – 2013:
- Arikara Niituníšu’ Beliefs and the Fur Trade by Dr. Mark van de Logt – Dr. van de Logt explores the Arikara belief in "evil medicine" and how that might have shaped the often hostile relationship with trappers and traders traveling the early Missouri River including an analysis of the roots of the Arikara War of 1823.
- Commerce in the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade: Two 1830 Promissory Notes by Clay Landry – Mr. Landry explores the financial history of two promissory notes written at the 1830 rendezvous, which are now housed at the Museum of the Mountain Man. One of the men, Johnson Gardner, was a friend of Hugh Glass on the upper Missouri in the early 1830s. Mr. Landry details how Gardner avenges Glass’ death in 1833 at the hands of the Arikara.
For those wanting to know even more of the real history story, the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska, and Dr. James Hanson the Museum’s historian, also provided consultation on The Revenant movie. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the North American fur trade. It is located three miles east of Chadron. Their museum stands on the site of James Bordeaux’s trading post which was established for the American Fur Company in 1837. They have an incredible collection of period firearms, gun accessories, hand weapons, artifacts, clothing, tools, utensils, historical books and reports, and more. They even have a live growing heirloom Indian garden on the grounds. www.furtrade.org