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Abe Streep, Brothers On Three: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana
Abe Streep, Brothers On Three: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana

Tue, Sep 14


Collected Works Bookstore

Abe Streep, Brothers On Three: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana

When award-winning journalist Abe Streep arrived in Arlee Montana, in 2017, to write a NYT Magazine article about the Arlee Warriors, a high school basketball team, he quickly realized this story was about a lot more than basketball. Abe will be in conversation with Kai-t L.V. Blue-Sky.

Date, Time & Location

Sep 14, 2021, 6:00 PM MDT

Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

About the Event

We will be taking COVID precautions, masks will be required for the duration of the program and seating will be spaced accordingly. We will be simultaneously live Zooming our events for those out of town or who would prefer it. You can register to watch it  here.

Pre-order signed copies of Brothers on Three from CW online here or call the store (505) 988-4226

This is a coming of age story about a team who unites their community and challenges myths about sports, masculinity, and adolescence. Watch a trailer for the book!

March 11, 2017, was a night to remember: in front of the hopeful eyes of thousands of friends, family members, and fans, the Arlee Warriors would finally bring the high school basketball state championship title home to the Flathead Indian Reservation. The game would become the stuff of legend, with the boys revered as local heroes. The team’s place in Montana history was now cemented, but for starters Will Mesteth, Jr. and Phillip Malatare, life would keep moving on—senior year was only just beginning.    

In Brothers on Three, we follow Phil and Will, along with their teammates, coaches, and families, as they balance the pressures of adolescence, shoulder the dreams of their community, and chart their own individual courses for the future.    

Brothers on Three is not simply a story about high school basketball, about state championships and a winning team. It is a book about community, and it is about boys on the cusp of adulthood, finding their way through the intersecting worlds they inhabit and forging their own paths to personhood.

About the Author

Abe Streep has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Outside, The California Sunday Magazine, WIRED, Columbia Journalism Review, and Harper's. His writing has been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing and noted by Best American Essays and Best American Science and Nature Writing. He is a recipient of the 2019 American Mosaic Journalism Prize for deep reporting on underrepresented communities.

"Occasionally a sports team can reflect a community in all its complexity and beauty. The Arlee Warriors played with enormous grace under pressure, and this superb book—by being honest, real, and reflective—mirrors and honors that strength. You will not soon forget it."  —Bill McKibben, New York Times bestselling author of Falter and The End of Nature

"A heart-stomping, heart-stopping read. Unsentimental. Unforgettable. Astonishing. Brothers on Three captures the roar of a community spirit powered by blood history, loyalty, and ferocious love."  —Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red

About the Conversationalist

Kai-t L.V. Blue-Sky is an Indigenous Person of the Western Hemisphere (Cochiti & Bitterroot Salish), father, husband, farmer, biologist, teacher and a student. Born and raised along the Rio Grande NM and the Cochiti/Jemez Mountains.  Implementing historical knowledge of landscapes can be difficult in the modern field of conservation. Kai-t L.V. Blue-Sky, Fish and Wildlife Biologist and Teacher has  engaged challenges in his field today while developing a holistic approaches to wildlife & habitat restoration, land management while implementing traditional ecological knowledge.   Traditional ecological knowledge is understood as evolving knowledge acquired by indigenous and local peoples over hundreds of thousands of years through direct contact with the environment.   The incorporation of the Indigenous philosophical worldview is paramount to understanding the perspective of communities and their relationship to the environment. Environmental knowledge shared by community members reflects lessons learned through time and are passed down through a cultural calendar. This formulates the gifts of knowledge as they relate to land, language, way of life, laws and customs, governance, family, and community.   Wildfires had major impacts through flooding, sediment load, and contamination from up-river communities. Reintroduction efforts of culturally significant wildlife species have been instrumental in developing management concepts and exploring the philosophy of traditional ecological knowledge, while intricately entwining the deductive logic and reasoning of western science.   Kai-t L.V. Blue-Sky focuses on Natural Resources, Conservation and Wildlife Management Programs consistent with cultural priorities. He also is a high school teacher at Santa Fe Indian School.

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