Man, Beast, Dust: The Story of Rodeo

Man, Beast, Dust: The Story of Rodeo

Man, Beast, Dust: The Story of Rodeo

Man, Beast, Dust: The Story of Rodeo

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In my travels through the West I became interested in rodeo, and, fortunately, my trips were so planned that I was able to see many of these contests. They revealed to me an interesting part of the old West and seemed to keep alive the traditions of an era which was past. To keep in memory more vividly the various rodeo feats that had so aroused my curiosity, I made a number of sketches, which I later, in my studio, completed as paintings. In order to enrich my background for this type of painting, I began to investigate the origin of rodeo, its growth, its relation to the cattle industry, its popularity in the country, et cetera.

For this book I used three sources for information, which I gathered by interviews, by the use of statistical questionnaires, and by consulting published material.

The first and most important source was the interview. This manner of gathering information proved to be the most interesting of the three approaches. Interviews were held with cowboys—old-time and modern contestants. This demanded traveling and living with the contestants under all kinds of circumstances—at the "twobit," one-day-stand rodeos, as well as at the larger, more spectacular contests of four weeks' duration. Thus, over a period of seven years, I had the opportunity to study the cowboy closely. However, these interviews did not take place on first introductions.

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