The old West

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THE spirit of Amer­ica’s 'Wild West' is alive and kick­ing. re­live the fron­tier days and ex­pe­ri­ence cow­boy cul­ture through a feast of events, mu­se­ums, rodeos and ranch stays – and not just west of the

Mis­sis­sippi. You can find it in sur­pris­ing places, such as rodeos in Florida and even in Hawai‘i, and there are nu­mer­ous au­then­tic na­tive Amer­i­can ex­pe­ri­ences

right across the coun­try.


Salt Lake City’s This is the Place Her­itage Park at­trac­tion has opened a new Na­tive Amer­i­can Vil­lage, show­cas­ing life for na­tive tribes in Utah be­fore white set­tlers ar­rived. Na­tive Amer­i­can dancers per­form cer­e­mo­nial dances in­side Amer­ica’s largest teepee, seat­ing 110 peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing Shoshone dwellings. There are also Navajo Ho­gan dwellings in which sto­ries are shared.


Guests at Ari­zona’s Tomb­stone Mon­u­ment Ranch can im­merse them­selves in Wild West leg­end. Just three miles from the law­less ter­ri­tory Wyatt Earp tamed, the en­tire ranch re­sem­bles a fron­tier town, with a dirt Main Street and board­walk lined by gue­strooms dis­guised as build­ings in­clud­ing a black­smith’s shop and bor­dello.


The Na­tional Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can In­dian, the first na­tional mu­seum in the U.S. ded­i­cated solely to Na­tive Amer­i­can her­itage, is part of the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion and is lo­cated on D.C.’s Na­tional Mall. It fea­tures one of the world’s largest col­lec­tions of Amer­i­can In­dian arts, arte­facts and archives.


The Chisholm Trail, along which cat­tle were herded from Fort Worth, Texas, to Abi­lene, Kansas, is 150 years old. Learn about it at Chisholm Trail Mu­se­ums in Kingfisher and Welling­ton, Ok­la­homa, the Chisholm Trail Out­door Mu­seum in Cle­burne, Texas, and the Her­itage Cen­tre in Dun­can, Ok­la­homa.


Hawai‘i’s Makawao Rodeo has been held in Up­coun­try Maui every Fourth of July for over 60 years. It fea­tures a pa­rade and tra­di­tional rodeo com­pe­ti­tions with a Hawai­ian twist. Vis­i­tors can learn all about pan­iolo (Hawai­ian cow­boy) tra­di­tions at ranches across Hawai‘i.

PIC­TURED Main im­age: fly­ing the flag at a lo­cal rodeo; Above: John Ford's Point, Mon­u­ment Val­ley; Right: Na­tive Amer­i­can dancers; Op­po­site page: colour­ful teepees in Utah

The three-day GATH­ER­ING OF NA­TIONS, held each April in Al­bu­querque, is North Amer­ica’s largest pow­wow and draws 3,000 Na­tive Amer­i­canpeo­ple from over 500 tribes with tra­di­tionalsong, dance and drum­ming com­pe­ti­tions. Vis­i­tors can buy indige­nous art andtry na­tive foods.Den­ver’s 16day NA­TIONALWESTERN STOCK SHOW AND RODEO is Amer­ica’s pre­mierlive­stock, rodeo and horse show. It wel­comes 650,000 vis­i­tors each year and fea­tures one of the rich­est pro­fes­sional rodeos, mounted shoot­ing events and Colorado’s largest Westerntrade show.

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