Catch Up

No, you haven’t seen any posts from me lately.  Tons of stuff going on… the holiday, company, cow work, and other dreadful, heart wrenching things…

I will catch you up on everything in due course, but I just didn’t want you to think that I’d stopped blogging.  Heaven forbid!

Tonight I can handle this…

We won $20 in the parade.  The theme was “Riding for the Brand”.  The other side of our sign read “The Next Generation Riding for the A Bar A Brand”.  Yes, I pulled them down the street in our pony cart.  No, we weren’t ready to drive our new pony on Main Street. Yes, I received all sort of Very Funny Comments.  Hey, the kids thought it was great!

Quick Introduction

I’d like to present to you… Buttercup!

A friend gave her to us!  She’s a miniature horse, not a pony… and very sweet.  Obviously good for braiding manes and tail!  She also came with a cart, which I just repaired today… that will be an adventure for us!  Vernon and Johnny will have to help hitch her up, my experience hitching a team was 30 years ago, and I never did it enough to learn well!

I’m So Excited

The list of “Things-You-May-Not-Know-About-Me” would probably begin with with the fact that I have a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.  I actually worked as an archaeologist way back in the Before Time… so, you can imagine how I get excited about cultural things.

For years, I’ve been a fan of a gentleman from the early 1900’s named Edward S. Curtis.  He was a photographer and ethnographer who amassed a terrific portfolio of over 40,000 photos of the North American Indian.  I have a print of his hanging in my living room!  Think of the classic portrait of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, that’s an Edward Curtis photo!

He was an interesting, interesting man.  I’m reading a book about him entitled Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher.  I’d recommend it heartily.  Edward Curtis had a sixth grade education, but fell into a group of men including C. Merriam, as in co-founder of the National Geographic Society, and Bird Grinnell, founder of the Audubon Society.  They granted him more access to other gentlemen like Theodore Roosevelt and J. P. Morgan!

Anyway, before I continue this lecture… the point is… we have 30 Edward S. Curtis photographs now on display at the Ten Sleep Library.  I spent the afternoon crawling up and down a ladder, sweating and measuring!

These are Plains Indian portraits, courtesy of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

If you get a chance, please come down and see them… and / or read about Edward S. Curtis… my lecture will continue to any willing to listen!  I’m so excited!