|Dan Louie Flores|
Vivian, Caddo Parish
|Residence||Santa Fe, New Mexico|
|Alma mater||Texas A&M University|
Professor at the University of Montana
|Years active||ca. 1980-|
Dan Louie Flores (born 1948) is an American historian who specializes in cultural and environmental studies of the American West. He holds the A.B. Hammond Chair in Western History at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.
Flores was born in Vivian in northern Caddo Parish in far northwestern Louisiana and reared in nearby Rodessa. During the 1970s, he procured the Master of Arts degree in history from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He thereafter obtained his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he studied under Professor Herbert H. Lang. He then taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock under the chairperson Alwyn Barr. Thereafter, Flores relocated to the University of Montana and divides his year between the Bitterroot Valley of Montana and the Galisteo River Valley outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Flores is the author of eight books, including Horizontal Yellow: Nature and History in the Near Southwest (1999),The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains (2001), and Southern Counterpart to Lewis and Clark: The Freeman and Custis Expedition of 1806, a 2002 study of the Red River Expedition, a southwestern journey authorized by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson at the same time that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were completing their journey along the Missouri River from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Northwest from 1804-1806. The Red River Expedition, led by Thomas Freeman and Dr. Peter Custis, never received the attention garnered by Lewis and Clark and is mostly unknown to most educators and many historians as well because Freeman and Custis were turned back by the Spanish before they had accomplished their goals.
With Eric Bolen, Flores in 1993 published The Mississippi Kite: Portrait of a Southern Hawk. With Amy Winton, he published in 1989 Canyon Visions: Photographs and Pastels of the Texas Plains. Still another Flores work is a study of the Indian trader Anthony Glass, entitled Journal of an Indian Trader: Anthony Glass and the Texas Trading Frontier, 1790-1810. In 2004, Flores wrote the chapter "Societies to Match the Scenery: Twentieth-Century Environmental History in the American West," in A Companion to the American West by William Deverell, ed.
Flores' work has also appeared in such popular venues as Texas Monthly magazine, The Big Sky Journal, Southwest Art, and High Country News. His publications have been recognized by the Western History Association, Western Writers of America, the University of Oklahoma Press, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and the Texas State Historical Association.
In 2010, Flores published Visions of the Big Sky: Painting and Photography in the Northern Rocky Mountain West. In promoting his book, Flores wrote: "It's been said that a place doesn't exist until a writer, a photographer, or a painter portrays it and presents a version of it to the rest of the culture." In 2010, Flores also released a 20th anniversary edition of his 1990 volume, Caprock Canyonlands: Journey Into the Heart of the Southern Plains, a study of the unique terrain of West Texas.
In 2008, Flores presented the prestigious C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture at the University of New Mexico's Center for the Southwest. His talk was entitled "Art and Regional Identity in the Northern Rocky Mountain West."
- Dan Louie Flores, The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press. 2001. p. i. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
- "Dan Flores". University of Montana. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
- Horizontal Yellow: Nature and History in the Near Southwest, Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 1999, hard copy and paperback
- The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001
- Southern Counterpart to Lewis and Clark: The Freeman and Custis Expedition of 1806, Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002, and Red River Books paperback, 2nd edition, 2002, ISBN 0-8061-1941-1
- The Mississippi Kite: Portrait of a Southern Hawk, Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1993
- Canyon Visions: Photographs and Pastels of the Texas Plains, Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 1989, with foreword by Larry McMurtry
- Journal of an Indian Trader: Anthony Glass and the Texas Trading Frontier, 1790-1810, College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 1985, paperback edition 1998
- "Dan L. Flores". librarything.com. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
- "Dan Flores and Visions of the Big Sky, September 30, 2010". thewritequestion.blogspot.com. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
- "Environmental and Cultural Historian Dan Flores to Present Horn Lecture, November 13, 2008". unm.edu. Retrieved November 12, 2010.