20 05, 2022

The Symphony of Native American – The Southwest

2022-05-20T08:44:49-05:00May 20th, 2022|0 Comments

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* Symphony of Native America Movement 4   The Southwest   Apache Medicine Song  &  Geronimo Frederic Remington wrote about his trip to the San Carlos Apache Reservation in southeast Arizona in “On the Indian Reservations,” for the July 1889 issue of Century Magazine (Vol 38, p. 399-400).  In the article, he appears to describe the scene in Apache Medicine Song: “It grew dark, and we forbore to talk.  Presently, as though to complete the strangeness of the situation, the [...]

18 05, 2022

The Symphony of Native America – The Buffalo Hunt

2022-05-18T08:41:48-05:00May 18th, 2022|0 Comments

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* Symphony of Native America Movement 3 The Buffalo Hunt   Music has always been a part of Native American life, with songs and ceremonies surrounding everything of importance.  In this movement of our ongoing “Symphony of Native America,” we’ll hear the melodies and drumbeats from several Plains tribes that commemorate one of their most important events: the buffalo hunt. Lyrics in Native American songs are most often vocables (syllables without meaning), or sometimes just a few words with implied [...]

11 05, 2022

The Symphony of Native America – Cadman’s American Indian Songs

2022-05-11T08:53:30-05:00May 11th, 2022|0 Comments

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* Symphony of Native America   Movement 2   Four American Indian Songs by Charles Wakefield Cadman   Searching for Sounds of the New World Charles Wakefield Cadman, Four American Indian Songs, 1909 By the close of the 19th century, the search for a distinctly “American” musical sound was well underway; but oddly, its most ardent advocate was a Bohemian.  While serving as the Director for the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York, Antonín Dvořák [...]

4 05, 2022

The Soundtrack of the American West

2022-05-04T11:50:48-05:00May 4th, 2022|0 Comments

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* Listen to the paintings of Charlie Russell, Frederic Remington, and other artists of the West!  Listen carefully, and you might hear dusty cowboys serenading restless cattle, or maybe a harmonica just over the horizon.  Brush strokes pulse with the beat of Native American drums.  Staccato clouds gallop across the sunset, echoing the ochre trills of a distant flute.  Bugle calls and saloon pianos, pow-wow dances and tribal medicine songs, even las canciones de la frontera – they’re all clamoring [...]

20 04, 2022

The Man Behind the Saddle

2022-04-20T10:39:44-05:00April 20th, 2022|0 Comments

Our current exhibit, Saddles on Parade: The Artistry of Edward Bohlin, features two saddles along with matching gear accompanied by photos and materials that tell the story of how they came into the collection and the connections to the annual Fort Worth Stock Show. For those unfamiliar with one of the most iconic saddle makers in the world, you might be wondering: who was Edward Bohlin? Edward Bohlin was born on May 12, 1895 in central Sweden just outside Örebro as Emil Helge Bohlin (when he immigrates to the U.S. he will call himself Edward H. Bohlin). As a young [...]

11 03, 2022

Here Come the Saucy Riders: Women in Rodeo

2022-03-11T09:27:26-06:00March 11th, 2022|0 Comments

Here come the saucy riders, Girls who are Texas born; Who know the rhythm of riding Over prairie sage and thorn Watch how they cut and circle, Canter and gallop and pace; Each girl and horse united In a flowing pulse of grace. Surely such easy motion, Free from strain or fear, Comes only to those who are quickened By the life of the pioneer.   “Girl Riders,” by Mrs. W. E Boswell, President, National Poetry League in “Poems of the West,” Rodeo Souvenir Annual, 1947, page 67   Though many of the pages of the 1947 Rodeo Souvenir Annual [...]

16 02, 2022

Can You Savvy, Tenderfoot?

2022-02-24T18:12:04-06:00February 16th, 2022|0 Comments

Have you ever been to a rodeo? What’s your favorite event? Attendees to the annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo can see a series of riding and roping contests derived from the working skills of the American cowboy. The rodeo features events such as various roping competitions, barrel racing, bull riding, bronc riding, bareback and ranch saddle bronc riding. “Bareback Bronc Riding,” Rodeo Souvenir Annual, 1947, page 45 According to the 1947 Rodeo Souvenir Annual, featured in our current exhibit Saddles on Parade: The Artistry of Edward Bohlin, the rules allow the saddle bronc rider to use [...]

19 01, 2022

Saddles on Parade

2022-02-24T18:07:57-06:00January 19th, 2022|0 Comments

Opened this month is our new pop-up exhibit, Saddles on Parade: The Artistry of Edward Bohlin. On display through April 2022, the installation includes two saddles and related gear by Bohlin, along with photos and ephemera related to Sid Richardson and his involvement in the annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. One such item is the 1947 Rodeo Souvenir Annual. Over the duration of the exhibit, we’ll flip through the pages with you and share some fun and interesting features from the annual. Rodeo Souvenir Annual, Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show, Fort Worth, Texas, 1947, Compiled by [...]

14 01, 2022

Sid Richardson Museum Celebrates its 40th Anniversary with Stunning Saddle Exhibit

2022-02-24T18:04:04-06:00January 14th, 2022|0 Comments

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2022 Media Contact: Mariah Contreras, maria@talk-strategy.com. Sid Richardson Museum in Ft. Worth Celebrates its 40th Anniversary with Stunning Saddle Exhibit Renowned saddle maker Edward H. Bohlin's parade saddle will be a highlight of the Museum's anniversary celebration. (FORT WORTH, TX) – The highly acclaimed Sid Richardson Museum located in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, is celebrating 40 years of the art of the American West with a focused exhibition featuring the work of one of the most iconic saddle makers in the world, Edward H. Bohlin. The two saddles on display along with [...]

15 12, 2021

Now & Then: A Portrait of Standing Rock

2022-01-12T16:42:23-06:00December 15th, 2021|1 Comment

Every ten years the U.S. embarks on a process to calculate and record information about the population in a census. The first census of the newly-formed country was taken in 1790. One hundred years later, during the census of 1890, the government hired special agents to embark on a project that became known as the Report on Indians Taxed and Not Taxed. (“Indians not taxed” were those who were living on reservations or those roaming in unsettled areas of the country.) 1890 U.S. Census form, Public Domain SRM artist William Gilbert Gaul was one of those special agents. [...]