By Karen Kay and Phyliss Miranda
Howdy! And welcome to another fabulous Tuesday. And we have with us today best-selling author, and fellow filly, Phyliss Miranda! Welcome to the Tuesday — and birthday — blog. Happy Birthday to P & P! Happy Birthday to P & P! Happy Birthday Dear P & P, Happy Birthday to us. (And many more…)
For the birthday bash, Phyliss and I decided to talk a little bit about Western Heroes. And, as you know, there were many, many Western Heroes, real and fictional. But today, we’re only going to look at 10 of them. So let’s get started.
Sitting Bull: Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota Indian (Sioux). He was a Medicine Man and Holy Man. He led his people during their struggle with the United States government policies. He actually didn’t fight in the Custer Fight, but he did lead many of his people into Canada after that fight. Did you know that he also toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and that he considered Annie Oakley (or Little Sure Shot as he named her) an adopted daughter? A sterling example of a man who put the welfare of his people before his own.
Chief Joseph: Chief Joseph was a Nez Perce Chief who tried to lead his people out of danger after tensions arose between his own people and the white people. He tried to bring his people to safety into Canada. His retreat is considered to this day to be one of the greatest military strategies ever conceived by man. His name is In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat, and means Thunder coming up over the land from the water (from Indians.org).
Sacagawea: Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone Indian. She was married to Toussaint Charbonneau, a Frenchman who had been hired by Lewis and Clark as an interpreter — but only after they learned that his wife, Sacagawea, spoke Shoshone, and they needed her help with the Shoshone tribe during expedition into Indian country. Sacagawea was pregnant when Lewis and Clark set out upon their expedition and she gave birth to a healthy boy during the expedition. Clark called her Janey. Without her help, their expedition might have failed due to the Shoshone’s antagonism toward invaders into their country. She is an American Legend.
Crazy Horse: Crazy Horse was an Oglala Lakota Indian (Sioux), who was a contemporary of Sitting Bull, and who joined Sitting Bull in leading the opposition to the reservation system. Crazy Horse was known as being an extraordinarily handsome man, not overly tall in statue, but he was depicted as being a gentle, handsome, and courteous young man. Crazy Horse was born a warrior and led his people in their struggle remain free men and women. He is chiefly credited with the success of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He remains a hero to this very day.
Red Cloud: Red Cloud was another Oglala Lakota Indian (Sioux). Red Cloud is best known for what is called Red Cloud’s War. The Bozeman Trail was destroying Indian life and Indian hunting grounds, and when no meeting of mind’s could be found, Red Cloud led an attack that is known as one of the most successful attacks on the miliary, causing the military forts along this route to close.
And Now for Phyliss’s post.
Bat Masterson was born in Quebec, Canada and his birth name was Bartalomiew. After being raised in New York, he ended up in Wichita, Kansas, where he met Wyatt Earp and they became staunch friends. Both being rough, tough buffalo hunters they became “crack shots”. Although Masterson was alleged to have been a part of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral, he wasn’t, as he had left two days prior to return to Dodge City.
One of the most famous of all fictional characters was Roy Rogers and Trigger, his golden Palomino. Here’s a few facts of interest: Roy Rogers was a Master Mason. He played Wild Bill Hickok, William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) and Jesse James, three of the West’s greatest legends.
Of interest, Wyatt Earp’s Colt .45 revolved, he carried to the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, was sold at auction in 2014 for $225,000.00.
“Texas Panhandle, 1881 …
Not only was he tired, hungry, and dirty, but technically, Hayden McGraw guessed, he was still on suspension from the Texas Rangers. The last thing he needed was to become involved in the quarrel that seemed to be brewing in Buffalo Spring, Texas. It wasn’t any of his concern … yet.”
First paragraph to my story “One Woman, One Ranger” in “Give Me a Texas Ranger” anthology by Linda Broday, Jodi Thomas, the late DeWanna Pace and me. The picture was taken at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas, where our book was put on display in the “Writing the Ranger” exhibit, along with stories and comic books by many famous fictional and real heroes.
Who is your favorite fictional or real cowboy?
And who is your favorite American Indian hero?
Karen Kay will be giving away a free Tradepaper copy of SENECA SURRENDER to one lucky blogger today, and one mass market copy of SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE to another lucky blogger.
To one lucky reader who leaves a comment, Phyliss is giving away both a copy of Give Me a Texas Ranger and a gift card from Bath & Body Works.
Don’t forget to enter the giant birthday bash giveaway (separate from this daily giveaway).
You can find all the details along with the entry form HERE.