Indian Rodeo

Recovering Voices from the Archives: Indian Prison Rodeo

I’m in Saint Paul, Minnesota for the Western History Association’s annual conference and to explore the archives at the Minnesota Historical Society related to the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Committee (WKLDOC for short).

Peter LaFarge, The Singing Protest Cowboy

Peter LaFarge There’s a fair share of rodeo contestants who have parlayed their time in rodeo into a singing career. Probably most notable is Chris LeDoux, one of the inspirations for Oklahoma State’s own Garth Brooks, who won the 1976 bareback championship at the National Finals Rodeo and sold records out of his truck at rodeo events in the hopes of supporting his rodeo career.

Finding Nuggets in the Rodeo Dirt

I really enjoyed Clinton Girkin’s blog post on his experiences navigating through various archives, both digital and analog, looking for materials related to our larger women in rodeo archive. While I admit I’ve been behind most of the semester, and have not gotten nearly as much done as I had planned (best laid plans…) I have explored a few avenues looking for sources for both this site and the women in rodeo project.

Past and Future of Indian Rodeo in Las Vegas

40 Years of INFR Competitors I was lucky enough to be accepted to present some of my dissertation research at the American Society for Ethnohistory’s 2015 conference in Las Vegas at the Tropicana hotel.