National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City
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New president of Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (2015-03-13)
New president of national cowboy museum in Oklahoma City challenges people’s ideas of the West
In Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum pays tribute to all things old wes
HEADLINE: Cowboys museum celebrates all western culture
CAPTION: In Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum pays tribute to all things old west. The museum also has a Native American gallery that is undergoing a huge facelift. (Nov. 16)
NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST.
(vo)-nats of a gunfight..
JUST BEFORE SUNSET IN GUTHRIE OKLAHOMA, A GUNFIGHT BREAKS OUT.. THIS IS WHAT MANY OF US THINK ABOUT WHEN WE THINK OF COWBOYS..
the fistfights, the knife fights, the gunfights.. as well as the indians..
YES THINK ABOUT COWBOYS FOR A MOMENT AND IT WON'T BE LONG UNTIL YOU ARE ALSO THINKING ABOUT INDIANS..
any body whose read any history at all knows that the cowboys and indians, they were together.
JIM RAWLINS IS A COWBOY BUFF WHO HAS BEEN GUNFIGHTING FOR MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS...
the cowboys fought the indians, the indians fought the cowboys,
ALL THAT FIGHTING IS WHAT MAKES THIS SO SURPRISING.. A FEW YEARS AGO THE COWBOY HALL OF FAME IN OKLAHOMA CITY CHANGED IT'S NAME TO THE MORE INCLUSIVE NATIONAL COWBOY AND WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM..
we had the opportunity to capture the greater story of the american west.. that really does have worldwide appeal...
THE MUSEUM SHIFTED FOCUS FROM JUST COWBOYS, TO INCLUDE OTHERS MOST NOTABLY INDIANS.. AT THE TIME IT WAS CONTROVERSIAL FOR SURE.
certainly there were folks who were here at the upset who thought we ought to stick to the story of the cowboy....
NOW THE OLD WAY OF DOING THINGS AROUND HERE IF NOT THE OLD NAME OF THE MUSEUM IS ALL BUT FORGOTTEN.. IN FACT THE VERY FIRST THING YOU SEE WHEN WALKING IN IS THIS MASSIVE STATUE TITLED END OF THE TRAIL. IN EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY NATIVE AMERICAN ART HAS A PRESENCE, AND THE NATIVE AMERICAN GALLERY IS ABOUT TO UNDERGO A ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLAR FACELIFT.. MUSEUM DRECTOR CHUCK SCHROEDER SAYS HE NEVER TIRES OF SURPRISING GUESTS, GUESTS WHO OFTEN COME EXPECTING JUST A COWBOY HALL OF FAME..
we love seeing the surprised look on folks faces when they come and see that indeed there is a much broader universe of expression eere than some of them expected..
THE RENOVATED NATIVE AMERICAN GALLERY SHOULD BE OPEN BY EALRY 2011..
RICH MATTHEWS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OKLAHOMA CITY OKLAHOMA..
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Explore The West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA - A museum dedicated to the history of the American West
American Cowboy Gallery
The American Cowboy Gallery, comprising 8,000 square feet, interprets the cowboy’s history and culture from Spanish colonial times to the 20th century. The gallery represents the most extensive exhibition on the working cowboy in the United States. Within the environment of a rough-hewn ranch building, in-depth presentations reveal how various elements of equipment, such as saddles, bits, and spurs, changed over time. Regional styles of equipment are discussed and displayed. Visitors believe this is a “mecca” for those interested in the real history of the “cowpuncher” and his authentic clothing and equipment.
The Ranch Life
Ranching and the west go hand in hand. You really can’t have one without the other. It is a tradition and heritage that has continued throughout the West, passed on from generation to generation. Here at the national cowboy and western heritage museum in Oklahoma city you can see ranching’s origins from when the Spanish first brought cattle here in the early 1500’s today’s modern day ranching operation, but what is ranch life really all about. We head to a small ranch in New Mexico to find out.
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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (aka Cowboy Hall of Fame) is a museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts. The facility also has the world's most extensive collection of American rodeo, photographs, barbed wire, saddlery, and early rodeo trophies.
National Cowboy Museum- Oklahoma City
Great Museum located right outside of downtown Oklahoma City!
The End of the Trail: An American Icon
The End of the Trail, the magnificent iconic statue standing in the entry of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum signifies a Native American and his horse, both weary in body and spirit at the end of their journey. Sculpted by American-born artist James Earle Fraser, The End of the Trail statue is one of the most recognizable images in the United States. Many people are familiar with the image, but few know its history. Originally, it was more than just an image on a postcard, tattoo or belt buckle. It is a major sculptural work, and for its creator, it was more than just a piece of art, but a meaningful reminder of a childhood spent on the American frontier.
Explore the West Kiowa Six - National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Learning our Western History at the Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City
On this Airstream Life vLog, we head over to the Western Heritage and Cowboy Museum in the OKC.
This meeting seemed appropriate given we are heading back to our home state of Arizona. Wow, did we learn a lot! This museum was amazing!
They have everything from artifacts to fine art but everything has to do with horses, cowboys, cattle, ranches, the history of the region, Native American tribes, etc.
If you are ever in the area we highly recommend it. Plus their gift shop was AMAZING. We'd stop again just for that.
After the museum, we had to go and try some OKC BBQ after all the great BBQ we had in Kansas City. We decided to check out Earl's Rib Palace because the name alone had us hooked. While the bbq wasn't quite as good as what we had in Kansas City it was still delicious and we loved their sides! Yum!
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We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma
In 1891, Henry M. Wantland and his young family arrived in Oklahoma Territory and settled in Stillwater, a small town born of the Land Run and bustling with opportunity and ambition. He eventually purchased a photography studio and spent the next two decades recording the world around him. In the exhibition We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma, the Museum presents a selection of Wantland’s work from the Dickinson Research Center’s Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection. Continues through October 22, 2017.
The Culture of Water Law in the American West
by Donald J. Pisani, Merrick Chair of Western American History, Emeritus, University of Oklahoma
Water law is not just a product of geography and climate. The scarcity or abundance of water help shape the laws to allocate and distribute water, but the broader culture and values of people play an even more important role--including their conception of government. Water law represents a series of choices between communitarian and individualistic systems of law, between maintaining stable, egalitarian settlements and generating new wealth. The western states have preferred laws that minimize government involvement and defer to water users themselves. This lecture will examine the legal choices open to westerners, ranging from Hispanic community water systems, to riparian rights and prior appropriation, to local water districts, to direct federal and state control. It will look primarily at the foundation of such laws in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and how these laws have shaped the modern West. Presentation given on March 7, 2014 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for survivingtheelements.org
Native American Pottery
The Native American art of pottery making is a medium that combines the elements of the earth in both creation and design. As artist Mike Daniel explains, pottery served the people of Native American tribes as much more than a tool. The clay was a canvas for the Native Americans to express themselves through symbols and designs or signify belonging to a specific tribe or family. The pots ranged from use in everyday life, to sacred spiritual ceremonies. Today, these pieces can be observed as a tangible representation of the Native American culture and past traditions at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
For educational lesson plans and in-depth information on Native American pottery, visit
Tom Ryan talks about his time in the Coast Guard, December 14, 2001
Tom Ryan in his December 14, 2001 oral history interview shares his time in the Coast Guard and his work producing small portrait sketches. This video clip was edited from a larger oral history interview recorded as part of the A. Keith Brodkin Western Contemporary Artists Oral History Project, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City. Video was selected by Ashley Winningham.
Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City
Slideshow of The Cowboy Hall of Fame - plan on at least two hours to really enjoy this museum.
Don't let the deal go down, performed by Asleep at the Wheel is provided as background music and does not infringe on copyright.