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  1. terry wilson says:

    It may rank as some of the wildest west known. There is a new comic book featuring an Australian cowboy. It’s called East Meets West by Australian storyboard artist Paul Power, himself Australian and proud of it. In putting this book together he’s been using some of Australia’s and the USA’s best colorists, and artists like Frantz Kanter, Wm. Stout, Tom Luth, Steve Oliff and others. I send this, because this is a homegrown audience and good, cultural comic books about the Australian west are too few.

    But it is also great to find this website on this subject. My own grandfather was a Texas wrangler (b. 1880), gandy dancer, dowser and so on. How he would have been impressed with technology can bring us today.

  2. terry wilson says:

    My Grandpa was Sam Dawson. He was born in Texas on a Indian reservation and
    recalled some infamous desperado that used to ride through. This is what my Ma told me. He was the youngest of 24 children by one woman and had a Black father. His Ma took him out of school when he was nine. He settled in Somerville, Texas and died in 1959 in Seattle, Washington among kin.

    When his own Ma died he took across a river, shoulder high, on a block of i=
    ce, by wagon. There was a Texas flood that season.

    During the 1940s my Ma saw him rope and ride and exclaimed: “Pap’s a cowboy=
    , but there ain’t no black cowboys!” and was assured that he was indeed skilled in those things. He also was a horse healer and used Indian methods more effective than standard doctor tools, like red clay. A douser who found water for locals, cobbler, cooper, ragman, hunter, and collector of Indian artifacts now resting (illegally I might add) in some museum with muscle, or so I have been told.

    Pictures I have of him at home taken in the mid-1950s always has him on or near a wagon; he absolutely refused to drive a car! Rode into town with hiswagon or walked. Though he could not read nor write well, the man had wisdom often missed by some PH.Ds. Among his peers were my kin that worked the Texas railroads, and I’ve seen pictures of them as well and my Ma is writing about these ancestors too. Not many left who knew them first hand anymore
    . Someday my generation will be the last as well.

    My Grandpa was also helped by Jamaicans living in Texas too and this would have been around or during the early 20th century. They allowed us to live on their property.
    Three of his youngens are still around; all over 70 now, but well. His wife, our beloved Will Bill Dawson (fist fighter, organizer, sharecropper, and more) passed on in Texas in 1970. Her given name was Ora Alford-Dawson and a picture of her parents and grandmother have now been found. All Texas farmers or sharecroppers. Her grandmother was born during of just after the Civil War and was near 100 when she passed on in the mid-1950s.

    East Meets West can be found on Amazon, type in Paul Power.

  3. Lisa Mackie says:

    I was wondering if you might know where I might find more information on John Mackie, who was associated with Billy the Kid. Any information you can give me would be much appreciated. Many thanks!

    • wildwest says:

      Hi Lisa,
      What a fascinating question.
      John R Mackie was known to be a horse thief and involved in a range of criminal activities for a significant period of time.
      He was probably a greater threat to the public than Billy the Kid ever was but now seems remembered mostly for his short lived acquantence with Billy.
      I cannot point you at anything very enlightening however, I will keep your details on file and should I come across something I will forward it to you.
      Sorry I can’t be of more help at this stage.
      Steve Hadley

  4. Dances with Bedpans says:

    Hi Steve,
    I have just finished reading Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake and then watched the movie. In the book the Indian’s who John Dunbar/Dances with Wolves (Kevin Costner) comes into contact with are Commanche. In the movie however they are Sioux. I’ve checked on Wikipedia and the tribes were from different areas of US and I could not see any links between them. Is this just Hollywood changing names as they think it may sound better or is there a logical reason for this difference?

  5. Dances with Bedpans says:

    Hi Steve,
    I have just finished reading Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake and then watched the movie with Kevin Costner. In the book the Indian’s befriended by John Dunbar/Dances With Wolves are Commanche. In the movie they are Sioux. Why is this so? I have had a look and they come from different regions and I can find no links. Is this just hollywood making changes as they think it may sound better or is there another reason.

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