The Old West & Indian Wars

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  1. Cody Fousnaugh

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    A number of years ago, I got really interested in The Old West and The Indian Wars.

    Back in 2004, we drove for a trip to South Dakota. Along with a few other areas of interest there, we went to Custer State Park. It was the first time we'd ever seen American Bison/Buffalo in a herd grazing. Spent some time at the Crazy Horse National Monument. Also, spent a day/night in Deadwood City and took a tour where Wild Bill Hickok was shot and buried along with Calamity Jane.

    On another trip, this time to Yellowstone National Park, we stopped on our way home in Cody, Wyoming and visited the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Displays of The Old West, interesting Native American items and numerous firearms for the era as well as TV Westerns firearms. Very interesting to us.

    We got a wall in our hallway that is totally dedicated to pictures of rodeo, TV Western Stars and their horses, the Great Indian Chiefs, a picture of Wild Bill Hickok sitting next to Buffalo Bill Cody and a picture of Annie Oakley.

    Yes, a fan of tv Westerns as well as the tv show, The Real West, narrated by Kenny Rogers. Have watched a documentary about Annie Oakley that had archived black/white video and pictures showing her in action. I remember seeing one of the first, if not the first, Native American in a modern-day commercial years ago with Iron Eyes Cody in it. Today, there are numerous Native American actors and one very famous one is Graham Greene.
     
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    I've worked in Wyoming when I worked elections about 8 years ago but on that trip we didn't get to venture out and
    About too much...forget why.

    I do remember spending a night or two in Jacksonhole but the rest is a blur.

    Is that why you chose "Cody" as your username or is that really your first name?
     
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    Cody is a nickname I chose for rodeo and I just kept on using it. I've been calling myself that name since 1989. Since "Cody" is a nickname, obviously I don't write it on legal documents or if I did use it, after my real first name, I'd put ditto marks on each end distinguishing it as a nickname. I even had Cody written on my job resume instead of my real first name. Just like the name Cody.
     
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    It's a nice boys name.

    I'm Christine legally but nobody calls me that....it's either Chris or Chrissy.
     
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    I'm very interested to Cody - watch all I can
    I have a lovely leather bound book on the tribes and photos of warriors and a collage of their culture
     
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    Actually, I know adult men, that their real first name is Cody. Of course, a lot of these guys live in Montana, Wyoming and Texas. Actually, a number of men and women in Texas and Oklahoma go by their first and middle initials or use both their first and middle name together. Like DJ, PJ, Mary Ann, Billy Jo, Mary Jo and others.

    The name Christine sounds very Upper Class to me and it's a nice name. Names that aren't heard of that much anymore are Ruth, Jane, Sally, Sherry.
     
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    I have a dvd, The Winchester......The Gun That Won The West. Actually, the Colt .45 should be added to that title. A dvd documentary, The Great Cheyenne Nations "Most Feared of All"

    I remember when White men were portrayed as Indians in movies. Finally, the Native American Council intervened and said "enough is enough, time for real Indians to play those parts". I think all the Sioux Indians that were in Dances With Wolves were real Native American's. I think there is now an Actor's Guild or Union that handles Indian actors/actresses.
     
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    Thanks!

    Cody seems very popular now for a boys name. I've known quite a few friends and classmates of my grandsons named "Cody". And it's their full name, not a nickname.

    Some names die out totally, some become popular again and some are around all the time. Christine is one of those....there were Christines when I was in school and there are Christines now. Just variations on spelling.

    My daughter is Christina...but she became "Tina" which I'm not that fond of but I'm probably the one that started it.

    Ok, back to Westerns....

    My husband was a BIG fan of them.
     
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    Funny thing, yesterday I was watching an Episode of Gunsmoke about Chief Joseph, Chief of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe. The actor who play Chief Joseph and the two actors who played the Indian braves with him, had no Native American/Indian blood in them at all. I research all three actors and they were White guys, completely made up to look like Nez Perce Indians.
    I think the first real Indian to play an Indian was Jay Silverheels, as Tonto in The Lone Ranger tv show. Jay was a Canadian Mohawk.
     
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    I'm not fond of cowboy movies where the "injuns" are always the villains and they never win in the end. But my brothers would skip meals just to watch those cowboy movies being shown on tv. I remember during that time, the best Christmas gift for a boy is a toy gun. And even boots were in fashion including the shirt with trinkets and sequins. When I was in high school, toy guns were fitted with ammo, that red paper with dried gunpowder as big as an M&M which the toy gun can explode with a bang. It's a nice scene to watch the boys play hide and seek with those exploding toy guns.
     
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    I liked Jay Silverheels. As a kid, I believed he actually talked the way he did naturally! "Me think Kemo Sabi make big mistake".

    Frank
     
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    Here they are called Cap Guns. The Caps came in a roll that would fit inside the toy gun or rifle. I had one.
     
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    I might not have had a gun but I had the caps...remembering just hitting them with a rock when I was about 8-9 yrs old.
     
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    I loved the cap guns too - fun fun fun :D
     
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    So, you were a little rowdy at a young age.
     
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