To See Them Run
Great Plains Coyote Coursing

By Eric A. Eliason
Photographs by Scott Squire

Foreword by Stephen Bodio

112 pages (approx.), 11 x 9 inches, 41 color photographs, 9 b&w illustrations, foreword, bibliography, index

9781496803863 Cloth $40.00T

Cloth, $40.00

An unforgettable and up-close portrait of the men and dogs who hunt coyotes

To See Them Run explores how and why Great Plains hunters have chased coyotes with greyhounds and other sight hounds since before George Armstrong Custer. Though a well-developed, long-lived, wide-spread, and undeniably enthralling tradition, the practice remains little known, even to those living in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and South Dakota, where the tradition is common. Coyote coursing, hunting with greyhounds launched from specially made pickup rigs, is a hobby by locals, for locals, and it has remained a quintessentially vernacular enterprise occupying a rung below the Plains' prestige forms of animal training and interaction--namely with horses and cattle. The coyote coursing tradition provides an ideal setting for exploring the relationship between animals and the study of folklore.

The book examines the artistry, thrills, values, camaraderie, economy, and controversies of this uncommercialized and never-before-studied vernacular tradition. Through ethnographic photographs and authentic collected commentary from participants, this book uncovers how hunting dogs and coyotes both have shaped and been shaped by human aesthetic sensibilities in ongoing folkloric and biological processes. Author Eric A. Eliason and photographer Scott Squire discover deep and sophisticated local knowledge in a unique interaction with the natural ecologies of the great North American prairie.

Eric A. Eliason, Springville, Utah, is professor of folklore at Brigham Young University. He has published on hunting, as well as Caribbean, military, Mormon, Russian, English, Afghan, American, Mexican, and biblical cultural traditions. His books include Wild Games: Hunting and Fishing Traditions in North America with Dennis Cutchins, Latter-day Lore: Mormon Folklore Studies with Tom Mould, and Black Velvet Art with Scott Squire (published by University Press of Mississippi). Scott Squire, Seattle, Washington, is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. Squire is a principal in NonFiction Media, the production company responsible for the 2015 feature documentary Drawing the Tiger.

112 pages (approx.), 11 x 9 inches, 41 color photographs, 9 b&w illustrations, foreword, bibliography, index