Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull: Inventing the Wild West

Paperback | August 1, 2009

byBobby Bridger

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Army scout, buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, and impresario of the world-renowned "Wild West Show," William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody lived the real American West and also helped create the "West of the imagination." Born in 1846, he took part in the great westward migration, hunted the buffalo, and made friends among the Plains Indians, who gave him the name Pahaska (long hair). But as the frontier closed and his role in "winning the West" passed into legend, Buffalo Bill found himself becoming the symbol of the destruction of the buffalo and the American Indian. Deeply dismayed, he spent the rest of his life working to save the remaining buffalo and to preserve Plains Indian culture through his Wild West shows.

This biography of William Cody focuses on his lifelong relationship with Plains Indians, a vital part of his life story that, surprisingly, has been seldom told. Bobby Bridger draws on many historical accounts and Cody's own memoirs to show how deeply intertwined Cody's life was with the Plains Indians. In particular, he demonstrates that the Lakota and Cheyenne were active cocreators of the Wild West shows, which helped them preserve the spiritual essence of their culture in the reservation era while also imparting something of it to white society in America and Europe. This dual story of Buffalo Bill and the Plains Indians clearly reveals how one West was lost, and another born, within the lifetime of one remarkable man.

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Army scout, buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, and impresario of the world-renowned "Wild West Show," William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody lived the real American West and also helped create the "West of the imagination." Born in 1846, he took part in the great westward migration, hunted the buffalo, and made friends among the Plains Indians, w...

BOBBY BRIDGER has spent nearly forty years researching, composing, producing, and performing A Ballad of the West, a trilogy of one-man shows that together form an epic history of the American West. He divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cody, Wyoming, where he performs A Ballad of the West each summer.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:502 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292721633

ISBN - 13:9780292721630

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPrologueChapter One. The Rainbow TrailChapter Two. The ScoutsChapter Three. The Pony ExpressChapter Four. DestinyChapter Five. The Indian WarsChapter Six. Pahaska Becomes Buffalo BillChapter Seven. Chief of ScoutsChapter Eight. The Trail to Summit SpringsChapter Nine. Dime NovelsChapter Ten. Magicians from MythologyChapter Eleven. Troding the BoardsChapter Twelve. The Duel with Yellow HandChapter Thirteen. Grandmother's LandChapter Fourteen. The Wild WestChapter Fifteen. Grandmother EnglandChapter Sixteen. Arrows of LightChapter Seventeen. AbsarokaChapter Eighteen. Pahaska Had a Strong HeartNotes