The “wild west,” as many like to call it, had many heroes, come of which were turned into legends by the stories told about them and their extraordinary feats. William F. Cody is one of these legendary men, though most people have never heard of him by his true name. Better known as “Buffalo Bill,” William Cody was a man who the American people and his own exaggeration and stories turned from a normal, hard working man, into a legend. “Buffalo Bill” is known for his real life experiences on the western frontier, his army career, and his acting career based on the experiences that he had throughout his life. This paper will cover William F. Cody’s, or “Buffalo Bill’s” scalping of Yellow Hair, his 24 mile ride on one horse, and how he allegedly killed over 4,000 buffalo. In July of 1876, about three weeks after the death of George Armstrong Custer, William F. Cody was in a life or death struggle with an enemy easily capable of killing or maiming him. “...two enemies—one Indian, one white— face off in mortal combat. One fires and misses; the other’s bullet finds its mark, and one of the two falls dead. In less time than it takes to tell it, the survivor scalps his foe and holds the gory trophy aloft, screaming his triumph (historynet.com).” Unlike you may be thinking, it was not William Cody who was the one who had been killed and scalped. As the story goes, “Cody brandishes his bloody scalp, mistranslates his opponent’s name as “Yellow Hand,” and screams “First scalp for
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The Omaha Chief Big Elk commented on the effect of the white migration to the West across the Overland Trails while visiting Washington D.C. He stated eloquently, “there is a coming flood which will soon reach us, and I advise you to prepare for it.” An estimated 500,000 people made the journey West to California and the Willamette Valley between the years 1840 – 1870. However, much like the first rains in a wet season, benefits were found in the first storm of white emigrants heading west. Native people were able to cooperate with white emigrants and benefit from trading with them. But the storms continued, emigrants as plentiful as rain drops came through the Indian lands and eventually, the prophecy of a great flood Chief Big Elk spoke of came true. Overtime, whites used up the limited resources of the plains tribes, depended on one another instead of Indians for help, and used force rather than compromise to clear the way for the expansion of the West.
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A struggle to the death occurred between a grizzly and Jim Ray Irons, in 1857, east of Grizzly Mountain, near Bar Creek Basin at a pillar named Needle Rock. Irons, a twenty-six year-old Missouri-born school principal from Texas, had soured on panning for gold and had begun to supply fresh and dried meat to the miners and soldiers at Fort Humboldt. Assisted by two Indian helpers, he was dressing several bucks when they were interrupted by a grizzly attracted by the scent of fresh meat. The Indians, in great fear of the bears, fled from sight. As the Silvertip charged him, Irons fired his five-shot cap-and-ball Navy revolver point blank, though without effect. “Old Ephraim” seized Irons, crushing Jim Ray’s left arm bones with one massive crunch
The three stories “A Drug Called Tradition,” “What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona, and “The Trial of Thomas Builds-the-Fire” in a book of short story collection called: “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” published in 1993 and reissued in 2005, by Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/ Coeur d’Alene Indian. Those three short stories introduce us readers to Thomas Builds-The-Fire, a character who tells too much stories. Through analyzing Thomas Builds-The-Fire’s stories, we will understand why his community treats him like an outcast. The story about three proud Indian boys: It is night time, they aren’t doing drugs. Instead, they drink Diet Pepsi, and strangely, “They are wearing only loincloths and braids” even though they’re sipping on the Pepsis in the twentieth century. Because, as Thomas suggests, they “have decided to be real Indians tonight”, “they all want to have their vision…receive their true name,” and they want to “breath in that sweet smoke” (20) from the fire they built. The word “sweet smoke” gives us readers a sense of release and relief of their suppressed feelings coming from the longing to reconnect to their roots. Later, the boys become non-alcoholic, and in a matter of seconds, “Thomas throws away the beer,” “Junior throws his whiskey through a window,” and “Victor spills his vodka” (21). At the end of this story, “the boys sing. They sing and dance and drum. They steal horses” (21), thus become heroes, proud Indian heroes. Story of Thomas and
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As the twentieth century approached, America was experiencing a time of considerable expansion. All eyes were looking for ways to make the United States a larger, more powerful, and more efficient country. Because of this wave in American society, there was no movement given more devotion than the settling of the West. The range-cattle industry in its various aspects, and in its importance to the United States and particularly to the Great Plains, has been a subject of focus to Americans since its origin in the mid 1800's. This industry was rendered possible by such factors as vast sections of fertile land, the rise of heavy industry involving the great demand for beef, and