1. Head-Smashed-In  Buffalo Jump

    Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is an archaeological site known around the world as a remarkable testimony of the life of the Plains People through the millennia. The Jump bears witness to a method of hunting practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years.

    Due to their excellent understanding of the regional topography and bison behaviour, native people hunted bison by stampeding them over a precipice. They then carved up the carcasses and dragged the pieces to be butchered and processed in the butchering camp set up on the flats beyond the cliffs.

    In 1981, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump as a World Heritage Site placing it among other world heritage monuments such as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and the Galapagos Islands. For more information on UNESCO, go to www.unesco.org.

  2. Quanah Parker explains to a friend named Miller how “the white man had pushed the Indian off the land.” Quanah, a Comanche warrior who had surrendered to the U.S. government in 1875, directs Miller to sit on a cottonwood log. “Quanah sat down close to him and said ‘Move over.’ Miller moved. Parker moved with him, and again sat down close to him. ‘Move over,’ he repeated. This continued until Miller had fallen off the log. ‘Like that,’ said Quanah.”

  3. Theodore Brown and Fred Stewart

    Ninety-Six Ranch

    October, 1979

    Photo Carl Fleischhauer

  4. Dressed Just Right 

    Valley Ranch

    When Montana cowboy Teddy Blue Abbot said in 1878 that he was “dressed just right…” after donning new cowboy clothes, he voiced one of the truths about western dress. There is a sense of being dressed just right in the West that often sparks a feeling of confidence, individuality, and freedom to those who wear it.

  5. William T. “Bloody Bill” Anderson

    Bloody Bill was a notorious Confederate guerrilla leader with whom Jesse James associated for a brief period during the Civil War. Anderson’s nickname was “Bloody Bill” because he murdered and butchered Union soldiers and sympathizers during the Civil War. He is considered one of the vilest figures on either side of the war.

    Little is known about Anderson’s early life. Even the state of his birth is uncertain. While Anderson claimed Missouri as his native state, it is more likely that he was born in Kentucky around 1838. His father, a hatter with Southern sympathies, moved his family to Kansas where they were met with hostility because they refused to fight against the South. After Anderson’s father was killed in a confrontation over a horse in 1862, Anderson sought revenge and killed a local judge and his brother-in-law. Then two of his sisters were imprisoned by order of Union commander General Thomas Ewing because they were suspected of being guerrilla supporters. One sister died and the other was crippled when the Kansas City building they were imprisoned in collapsed. This event further fueled Anderson’s hostility towards all Union soldiers.

    Anderson then conducted one brutal raid after another. He joined forces with fellow bushwhacker William Clarke Quantrill and tortured and terrorized people in Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. Bushwhackers were bands of soldiers that did not belong to an organized military force. Anderson was the most feared and vicious bushwhacker in Missouri, especially after he ordered and conducted the massacre of Union soldiers at Centralia, Missouri, on September 27, 1864. Jesse James participated in the event.

    On October 26, 1864, Anderson was killed by the Missouri State Militia who had found his camp near Albany, Missouri, in Ray County. His body was placed in a wagon and transported to Richmond, Missouri. After his photograph was taken, Anderson was decapitated by militia officers. He continues to be regarded as one of the most brutal Civil War guerillas.

    Text by Carlynn Trout with research assistance by Elizabeth Engel

  6. Saturday morning, so far so good, but the day is young.

  7. Whilst pondering on the 1466

    my thoughts on Ray Rice and those who found it necessary to wear his jersey number during last nights NFL game.

    I’m not going to search for even the slightest reason for why a man would knock a woman unconscious.  Nope. Because there isn’t one. And to hell with some people who are always looking for reasons to justify others’ bad or criminal behavior. Some things aren’t justifiable. Some times a person crosses the line of no return. 

    Tagged #IH 1466

  8. Dean Brody    Up On The Moon

    (Source: thirtymilesout)

  10. Absaroka Ranch

    Dubois, Wyoming

    photo by Jay Dickman

  11. At 5’4” tall, Charmaine Brannan often gets lost in the shadow of the 2,000-pound bulls she raises for rodeo. “I’ve been told that God protects children and fools, and I’m no longer a kid,” she said. “But a lot of things rely on me to stay healthy, and if I don’t show up with a hay bale, even in the middle of a Montana snowstorm, the livestock don’t eat that night.

    “I wouldn’t call my bulls ‘pets’ in the domestic sense of the word, but they’re like family to me; and they’ll live out their life with me. I feed my livestock every day by hand and I’m alone with them a lot of the time, so I talk to them frequently because they’re good company. I can find solace and a feeling of serenity when I’m with them.”

    Brannan, a member of the Chukchansi tribe, was raised in a tiny California town and grew up in a 100-year-old cabin where her logging family was no stranger to hard work. “My stepdad was a bronc rider, my mom was an old cowhand. It was natural I’d grow up interested in animals and rodeo.

    “My mom was a strong cattle-woman who raised four girls on her own and I picked up her genes.  Not that many women choose lady livestock contractor as a profession.”  And for good reason.  While her two working cowboy sons, Grayson and Nathan, help when they’re not competing, the bulk of the workload — breeding, calving, feeding, watering, loading, transporting, etc. — falls on her shoulders.  “It makes for some pretty long days when you have to truck the hay, fix the fences, wrangle stock contracts and load bulls into the chutes by yourself.

  12. Saddle Horse Barn

    Ninety-Six Ranch

  13. McDermitt Paiute Indian Reservation Rodeo

    The Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation spans the Nevada–Oregon border, in Humboldt County, Nevada and Malheur County, Oregon, near the Quinn River, which runs through the Tribe’s Nevada lands, east to west. The Fort McDermitt Military Reservation was established 14 August 1865 at the former site of Quinn River Camp No. 33 and a stagecoach stop, Quinn River Station, in what was a traditional seasonal homeland of the Paiute, Shoshone and Bannock peoples. Originally the fort was established to protect the stagecoach route from Virginia City through Winnemucca, Nevada to Silver City, Idaho Territory. It was named after Lt. Col. Charles McDermit, commander of the Military District of Nevada, who was killed in a skirmish in the area in 1865

  14. Pre Dawn Breakfast

    Hartscrabble Cabin

    Ninety-Six Ranch 1979

  15. Street Parade

    Pendleton Round-Up days (late 1910’s – early 1920’s) 

    Pendleton, Oregon