Featuring the 12 images from Larry Towell. 12 x 12 inches. Containing 'Rhythms of the Range' audio CD, containing field recordings by Towell. Signed in pencil by Larry Towell. Unusual piece. Condition: Fine. Minor wear to edges.
Larry Towell’s work entitled Cowboys & Indians considers the role of cowboys and native Americans in the context of American history and present-day society. Larry has collected old postcards depicting scenes from both cultures, which inspired and shaped his conception of this project. He shares, “Early American culture was presented to me as cowboys n’ Indians through Hollywood, novels and music. The west was won (or lost) by the six-gun, the long rifle, and the wagon train. America was privatized for the cattle roundup while indigenous Americans were corralled into reservations. Both cultures continue to celebrate their ethnicities and skills in pow-wows and small town rodeos.
In 1876, General Custer and his Seventh Cavalry Regiment were defeated by the Sioux at the Battle of Little Bighorn in neighboring Montana. Fourteen years later, the Indian Wars came to an end at Wounded Knee in the current Pine Ridge Reserve when the Cavalry massacred women, children and warriors (or at least until 1973 when the Oglala Sioux held off the Federal Government for 73 days).
But what does the area look like now? What has become of the frontier? What of contemporary cowboy culture? Has the urbanization of America meant losing touch with the country’s history?”
These questions alongside others are explored in his riveting project, Cowboys & Indians.