The big action for November, as far as I’m concerned is the November 11 airing of The Warrior Tradition on PBS.
The Warrior Tradition tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. Why would Indian men and women put their lives on the line for the very government that took their homelands? The film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, of courage and fear.
Wes Studi — himself a part of that warrior tradition — received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the Academy’s 11th annual Governors Awards on October 27. A tip of the hat to a great one.
November 2 is Daniel Boone’s birthday. Since it’s a Saturday, I plan to spend it in the woods in his honor. In fact, since my own birthday is November 6, I plan to combine celebrations — roam the woods, re-watch Daniel Boone and the Opening of the West and dine on steak.
I’m intrigued by Contested Ground — probably intrigued enough to order the book and DVD by Steven C. Adelson.
It’ll pair nicely with Lakota America, which I am finding excellent, as expected. The famous events of the Powder River War and the Great Sioux War are de-emphasized in favor of lining out the rise of the Lakota Nation/Empire from the 17th Century to the middle of the 19th Century. This is territory that I knew only in outline, so I am greatly enjoying developing a deeper understanding.
I just glory in these explorations, as I find new trails to walk and as old stories become fresh again with new context.
Y’all have heard me gripe about the Wyatt Earp story being told over and over ad nauseam. Well, much to my chagrin, I’m going to have to walk that back… I make a special pleading: John Boessenecker. If he writes it, I read it. Period.
The Cowboys were the largest outlaw gang in the history of the American West. After battles with the law in Texas and New Mexico, they shifted their operations to Arizona. There, led by Curly Bill Brocius, they ruled the border, robbing, rustling, smuggling and killing with impunity until they made the fatal mistake of tangling with the Earp brothers.
Drawing on groundbreaking research into territorial and federal government records, John Boessenecker’s Ride the Devil’s Herd reveals this long-forgotten chapter of Wild West history.
Coming in March 2020…
Came across this beauty while scoping out German rifles — a .60 caliber percussion jaeger rifle presented to Col. John Coffee Hays, Texas Ranger, by the German Association of Texas c. 1844. Walnut stock with nickel silver furniture. Big medicine.
I’m in. I’ve long been intrigued by Polish author Andres Sapkowski’s creation, though my only real exposure to it is listening to the sublime video game soundtrack as writing background. Bounty-hunting monsters in the Wild East? Hell yes.