Currently, I am examining the mythology of the Wild West and how it is carried on today through the Western Heritage circuit. While the heyday of the open range cowboy lasted only 20 years the mythic west’s vast reliquary brims with tales about legendary characters. This exotic and yet familiar place occupies a solid foundation in national memory and its basic tenets, freedom and self-sufficiency influence present-day issues and politics such as gun control, foreign policy and land and water usage.
Western heritage is a term used by many different groups of people to mean many different things. To some it is a code that stresses integrity, self-reliance and accountability. For others it is a reminder of their ancestors and a past that was ripped away by conquest.
Julee and Her Daughters