The Legend of Rawhide
We took a drive over to Lusk this past weekend to attend Rawhide Days. The Legend of Rawhide is an annual celebration of the history, legend, and Western heritage of Niobrara County. As the legend goes, a young man traveling by wagon train to California in the 1860′s boasted that he would shoot the first Indian he saw. And that, he did. He killed an innocent Indian girl out picking flowers. Her tribe then retaliated by attacking the wagon train, captured the man who shot and killed her, and skinned him alive.
First, we attended the parade.
This kids were dressed in their Native American frocks and wigs.
The pioneers marched down the street with their teams and wagons, dressed for the part.
Indian Village as part of the set.
There was a proposal to the “Indian Princess” before the big show. So darn sweet.
The stadium was packed. We were lucky to get the seats that we did.
Here, a mother and her children are praying that the Indians don’t come get them.
The Indian Princess, shot and killed by one of the white men while out picking flowers.
The Indians line up on the hill to prepare for battle with the pioneers.
The entire camp must engage in a battle for not giving up the man who shot her.
The Indians circled the camp riding their horses bareback. Brave souls.
They rode hard and fast.
Captured and skinned alive.
The camp packed up and continued on to California in search for gold.
This was a wonderful production of a part of history in the American West. For an all volunteer production from local ranchers and citizens of Lusk, Wyoming, they did a wonderful job with props and visuals for this show. You can get more details about this event and the story behind it HERE and HERE.
Click HERE to see a full gallery of my images from this production. Enjoy!