If you love Remington, Russell, cowboys, Native Americans, history and the West, this is the place to come for some serious culture immersion. The artwork here is phenomenal and there was a special exhibit this week called "Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art" along with an exhibit of Gertrude Kasebier's photographs of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors that wonderfully expressed the pride and dignity of the Native Americans who were part of Buffalo Bill's show.
I could go on and on about the historical center because the exhibits are wonderfully showcased, well researched and thoughtfully laid out. I have to admit, Denny and I passed on the firearms museum which appears to be huge, because guns don't interest us to the extent of spending an hour or so looking at them. That section also appeared to have the rifles and pistols very artfully displayed and of course a lot of people headed that way. This weekend the town of Cody also hosted the Winchester Gun Show, as well as a Powwow and a bead show, so there's no end of places to go and things to see in this town. And we didn't even wander the town of Cody with its little bars, jewelry, boot, clothing and cowboy stores, along with restaurants, rafting trip shops and other places to explore since we have no room for souvenirs and the nifty stuff I'm sure I would have found (hey, I can always find a piece of jewelry I admire!).
Here are a few pictures, starting with me and Buffalo Bill himself.
A display of Native American headdresses.
Plains Indians would create an artifical curbing with large stones leading to the edge a cliff and then chase a herd of bison towards the cliff. The first bison would see the edge and attempt to turn back but the force of the bison racing forward would push them over the edge en masse. It was the Indians way of harvesting a large number of bison at one time and this sculpture captures that event.
Called the Redick saddle after its designer, this saddle has 100 ounces of silver inlaid in it and weighs about 105 pounds.
Native American bead work on bandolier bags.