‘Assimilation Aesthetic’ Draws Fire

Indian boarding schools of the late 19th Century proudly displayed "before-and-after" photos to tout the success of their "civilizing" mission.

My brother gave me a heads up on a little controversy over Ralph Lauren's use of photographs of Indians used to promote its RRL line, which, come to find out, is supposed to be celebrating rugged, traditional Americana. I was unaware of this line, since I am not in the market for $290 pants. (Seriously?) Carhartt is sufficiently rugged and … [Read more...]

The Frontier Art of Michael Haynes

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I stumbled on the frontier art of Michael Haynes while scouting the Web for images of George Drouillard, the half-French/half-Shawnee scout for the Corps of Discovery. Gifted with a facility for languages — including sign language — Drouillard was hired by Lewis & Clark as an interpreter. His service involved a great deal more than that: he … [Read more...]

The Dead Spend No Gold

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The following is a guest post by Duncan McGeary. Duncan is the owner of Pegasus Books in Bend, Oregon, and the author of several books, including two historical horror novels set on the mid-19th Century California frontier — "Led to the Slaughter: The Donner Party Werewolves," and the newly-released "The Dead Spend No Gold: Bigfoot and the … [Read more...]

Legendary Frontier Partisan Honored in Israel

The Jewish Legion.

John Henry Patterson lived one hell of an interesting life. He is remembered today as the hunter who killed the man-eating lions of Tsavo, an exploit he immortalized in a book, “The Man-Eaters of Tsavo,” and which modern audiences know from the excellent (but Hollywood-ized) movie “The Ghost and The Darkness.” Less well-known, are his exploits … [Read more...]

Status Update — Frontier Partisans Book

Book's a-comin'.

I’ve lately gotten some inquiries about the status of the Frontier Partisans book (most recently from Eccentric Cowboy — check out his blog). The working title is “Warriors of the Wild Lands: True Tales of the Frontier Partisans.” I can report that I’m on schedule — pretty much. My self-imposed deadline for completion of the manuscript was … [Read more...]

Battle of the Tonto Basin

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Al Sieber and his Apache scouts ranged the Tonto Basin in the 1870s in one of the most grueling campaigns of the Apache Wars. Apparently they won the land in order to give it over to mining interests with ties to Iran… WASHINGTON—Congress may use must-pass legislation in the next two weeks to slip through a controversial land deal that would help … [Read more...]

Thankful

A day dad-and-daughter day hike is about the best way to spend a Thanksgiving-eve.

I like the Thanksgiving holiday. Of course, I love the feast. We don't go out and we don't have anyone in — it's just the three of us — Marilyn, Ceili and I. Perfect. I usually read or watch something that recalls the travails of the early settlement of North America. "We Shall Remain: After the Mayflower" is a favorite. Football, of course. But … [Read more...]

Bustin’ rustlers

Cattle rustling has been on the rise in the American West throughout the recession. NPR has a nice story on an Oklahoma livestock agent. Jerry Flowers' official job title is chief special agent in charge of the law enforcement section for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. Jerry is a cowboy through and though. He and his team have an … [Read more...]

The Frontier Partisan Art of Steve White

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  Just discovered the Eastern Frontier art of Steve White. I like. I like a lot. The 1750s-1815 era east of the Mississippi has become a very popular subject for historical art. Robert W. Griffing, John Buxton and David Wright are the titans of the genre, but there are many other equally compelling artists working these old hunting … [Read more...]