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Western Legacies #8: Arena Legacyby Richard C Rattenbury
Synopses & Reviews
From its roots in cowboy and vaquero culture to the big-business excitement of today's National Finals competitions, rodeo has embodied the rugged individualism and competitive spirit of the American West. Now the long trajectory of rodeo culture comes fully alive in Arena Legacy. Showcasing the unrivaled collections of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, this lavishly illustrated volume is the first to depict rodeo's material and graphic heritage.
Richard Rattenbury opens Arena Legacy with an engaging and richly illustrated history of rodeo, from its first recorded competition in Colorado in 1869, to its role in county fairs, cattlemen's conventions, and old settlers' reunions across the West, to its rise to national prominence between 1920 and 1960.
Following its historical overview, Arena Legacy features an extensive pictorial gallery of signature materials. A series of colorful portfolios reveals treasured artifacts from rodeo life, including costumes, trophies, buckles, and riding equipment. Here the reader will discover lavish artistry in leather and silver, flamboyant expression in western dress, and the interpretive work of both fine artists and commercial illustrators.
Certain to delight a diverse audience of rodeo aficionados, participants, collectors, and historians, this stunning volume is a fitting tribute to America's truly western sport.
Book News Annotation:
In 2005, U. of Oklahoma Press published a volume celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), showcasing a selection of the Museum's holdings. This volume follows in the footsteps of that earlier work but differs in that it focuses exclusively on the rodeo. The first part is an abundantly illustrated history describing the sport from the first recorded competition in 1869--which brought the skills and activities of American cowboys and their Spanish-Mexican antecedents into the arena--to its current status as a commercialized entertainment business. The second section is a portfolio featuring full-page photos of items from the Museum's collection including saddles, trophy plaques, other types of awards, costumes, and artwork. The book has been lovingly prepared and beautifully designed and is produced in an oversize format: 9.75x12". Rattenbury is curator of history at the Museum; photos are by Ed Muno. Eight-time world champion cowboy Larry Mahan provides a brief foreword. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This engaging and richly illustrated history of rodeo, from its first recorded competition in Colorado in 1869, to its role in county fairs, cattlemens conventions, and old settlers reunions across the West, chronicles its rise to national prominence between 1920 and 1960.
About the Author
Richard C. Rattenbury earned a B.A. degree in history from Texas Christian University and an M.A. in museum studies from Texas Tech University. Rattenbury formerly held curatorial positions with the Winchester Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, and with the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas. He has served as curator of history at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum since 1987 and is the author of Hunting the American West, The Art of American Arms Makers, and Packing Iron: Gunleather of the Frontier West. Richard resides with his wife, Suzette, in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Ed Muno is former Curator of Art at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and an object photographer of wide repute.
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