Peter LaFarge, The Singing Protest Cowboy

There’s a fair share of rodeo contestants who have parlayed their time in rodeo into a singing career. Probably most notable is Chris LeDoux, one of the inspirations for Oklahoma State’s own Garth Brooks, who won the 1976 bareback championship at the National Finals Rodeo and sold records out of his truck at rodeo events in the hopes of supporting his rodeo career.

Review of Gardiner and Musto’s Digital Humanities

Gardiner, Eileen and Ronald G. Musto. The Digital Humanities: A Primer for Students and Scholars. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. No grad student would blink twice about seeing a book from 2005 on the list of assigned reading for a class.

Finding Nuggets in the Rodeo Dirt

I really enjoyed Clinton Girkin’s blog post on his experiences navigating through various archives, both digital and analog, looking for materials related to our larger women in rodeo archive. While I admit I’ve been behind most of the semester, and have not gotten nearly as much done as I had planned (best laid plans…) I have explored a few avenues looking for sources for both this site and the women in rodeo project.

Where’d the Death Come From?

According to Alexa, the English language version of Wikipedia is the seventh ranked site on the Internet and the only vaguely academic site besides the omnipotent Google on the list. Yet even though Wikipedia and its five million articles have become a ubiquitous part of how we figure out the answer to life’s vexing questions, most people know little about how the content actually gets on Wikipedia.

Blurring the Lines: Indians, Cowboys and Ranching in the Modern West

Iverson, Peter. When Indians Became Cowboys: Native Peoples and Cattle Ranching in the American West. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1994. Even growing up in suburban Connecticut, where the closest you got to a cowboy was attending a football game involving the Dallas Cowboys, we still invariably played Cowboys and Indians at some point.