Full-Court Quest: The Girls from Fort Shaw Indian School, Basketball Champions of the World

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Most fans of women’s basketball would be startled to learn that girls’ teams were making their mark more than a century ago—and that none was more prominent than a team from an isolated Indian boarding school in Montana. Playing like “lambent flames” across the polished floors of dance halls, armories, and gymnasiums, the girls from Fort Shaw stormed the state to emerge as Montana’s first basketball champions. Taking their game to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, these young women introduced an international ...

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Overview

Most fans of women’s basketball would be startled to learn that girls’ teams were making their mark more than a century ago—and that none was more prominent than a team from an isolated Indian boarding school in Montana. Playing like “lambent flames” across the polished floors of dance halls, armories, and gymnasiums, the girls from Fort Shaw stormed the state to emerge as Montana’s first basketball champions. Taking their game to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, these young women introduced an international audience to the fledgling game and returned home with a trophy declaring them champions.

World champions. And yet their triumphs were forgotten—until Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith chanced upon a team photo and embarked on a ten-year journey of discovery. Their in-depth research and extensive collaboration with the teammates’ descendents and tribal kin have resulted in a narrative as entertaining as it is authentic.

Full-Court Quest offers a rare glimpse into American Indian life and into the world of women’s basketball before “girls’ rules” temporarily shackled the sport. For anyone captivated by Sea Biscuit, A League of Their Own, and other accounts of unlikely champions, this book rates as nothing but net.

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“A compelling narrative. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice

“Bravo to Peavy and Smith for an excellent account of these Native heroes who deserve to be honored.”—Indian Country Today

“A monumental achievement that deserves a wide readership among women, sport, and Indian historians.”—David W. Adams, Western Historical Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806144696
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2014
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 952,450
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Linda Peavy has published fiction, poetry, and drama in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She began collaborative work in women's history and biography with coauthor Ursula Smith in Bozeman, Montana. Since then Peavy and Smith have coauthored ten books, including Women in Waiting in the Westward Movement, Pioneer Women, Frontier Children, and Frontier House. Currently residing in Vermont, Peavy has given presentations and workshops with Smith across the nation, including at the Library of Congress and the White House. With Smith she has been awarded a Redd Center for Western Studies Independent Research Award, a Smithsonian Short-Term Visitors grant, two nonfiction writing residencies at Centrum, Port Townsend, Washington, and two Paladin Awards for excellence in writing western history.

Ursula Smith pursued graduate work at San Francisco State University under a Ford Foundation Fellowship and taught in the San Francisco school system. She began collaborative work in women's history and biography with coauthor Linda Peavy in Bozeman, Montana. Since then Peavy and Smith have coauthored ten books, including Women in Waiting in the Westward Movement, Pioneer Women, Frontier Children, and Frontier House. Currently residing in Vermont, Smith has given presentations and workshops with Peavy across the nation, including at the Library of Congress and the White House. With Peavy she has been awarded a Redd Center for Western Studies Independent Research Award, a Smithsonian Short-Term Visitors grant, two nonfiction writing residencies at Centrum, Port Townsend, Washington, and two Paladin Awards for excellence in writing western history.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    Outstanding Read!

    I'm definitely NOT a sports nut yet I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's a part of history, well researched, documented with photographs and still it's almost incredible! I found this to be such an uplifting book that it should be required reading!

    This wonderfully written book gives depth and insight into the lives of young women who faced daunting odds in a world that wasn't ready to accept them and still they excelled. It's an uplifting book that will leave you spell-bound and star-struck! These girls of Ft. Benton showed, heart, determination, character and class that lifted them to extraordinary hights.

    I enjoyed getting to know the members of the team, was stunned at some of their experiences, and cheered throughout this well crafted book. The segment telling the 'rest of the story' for each of the ladies we met in this work is especially appreciated.

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