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June 2010 - Vol 2, Issue 6
In This Issue
Feature Story: Joe: A Blue Collar Thoroughbred
Featured Photo: Pictorial View of Western Americana....Featuring Myron Beck
Linda's Feed Bag: Seared Ahi Tuna
Collector News: Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction
In The News: Upcoming Hign Noon & Christie's Auction
Our Inner Cowgirl: Barbara Goldeen, Globe Trekker and Goddess of Native American Jewelry and Crafts
Dealer Spotlight: Bill Mackin and his life-long gun collection
and Furthermore...Cowboy Poetry by amy elizabeth
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events
Feature Story

This month we feature an article written by one of our Smoke Signals readers...

Photo of a HorseJoe: A Blue Collar Thoroughbred

by Bob Cloud

I've known two track stars in my day. One was a high school distance runner who set and held, for many years, the Texas state high school record for the mile. The other athlete was a five-year-old, twelve hundred pound bay gelding named Joe who positively loved to run.  

I met Joe the summer of my thirteenth year while I was pretending to learn how to work cattle on my uncle's place near Matador in the Texas panhandle. Joe was a ranch hand himself who had fallen into bad favor with the cowboys that had to work him because of a flaw he had developed. That flaw was his propensity to chase jackrabbits. When one would spook out from under him, he didn't jump away from it like normal, instead he would make one jump then wheel and be after it in a flash leaving the poor sod that happened to be aboard at the time in an immediate state of free fall onto what ever the Texas landscape had to offer. Most of which is hard and sharp.

Featured Photo by Myron Beck

Myron Beck photo of cowboy on horse at gallop crossing a river
Through his photos, award winning photographer Myron Beck (Los Angeles, CA) inspires us to dream and embrace the beauty that surrounds us in the people we see, the environments in which we thrive and the diverse cultures that enrich our lives.


Did You Know?

1. A printing process based on the light sensitivity of iron salts, or Cyanotype, is also known as a blue print.

2. Lewis and Clark never knew it, but the Spanish sent out four expeditions between August 1804 and August 1806 to try and stop them. However, they failed in their mission as they were consistently turned back by the Indians. However, on one occasion they came close - near Red Cloud, Nebraska they were within 140 miles.

3. A painted/glazed surface of 3 or more colors is called Polychrome.

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Linda's Feed Bag
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Seared Ahi Tuna
(aka Yellowtail Tuna)

Our dish this month is fish. The secret to any good fish is FRESHNESS and high quality. The fresher it is, the better it tastes, no matter what you do with it. So spend a few more pennies and make it for a special occasion!

Beautiful slices of seared ahi tuna on a platterThis month our recipe has a bit of Asian flair and can be served with white rice, thinly sliced cabbage (or bokchoy), toasted sesame seeds, some soy sauce (low sodium if it's available) and a few slivers of nori. What's nori, you ask? Now don't get weirded out here, but it is edible seaweed and can be found in the Asian section of the supermarket. It comes in sheets, looks like paper and is SURPRISINGLY tasty!!! Don't take my word for it, just try it. At least once. Or don't - it's ok.

2 (6-8 ounces) ahi tuna steaks (3/4 of an inch thick)
2 Tbsp dark sesame oil
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1-2 Tbsp peeled, grated, fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 green onion (scallion) thinly sliced (reserve a few slices for garnish)
1-3 tsp lime juice

Mix the marinade ingredients together and coat the tuna steaks, cover tightly and refrigerate for at least an hour. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high to high heat. When the pan is hot, remove the steaks from the marinade and sear them for a minute to a minute and a half on each side (even a little longer if you want the tuna less rare). Remove the pan and slice into in thick slices. Sprinkle with a few green onion slices and/or sesame seeds.

Serve with:
A little low sodium soy sauce
3-4 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Thinly sliced cabbage
Slivers of nori

From an anonymous "foodie"


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Dealer Update
From "T"

Dear Dealers,

If you were an exhibitor at our 2010 High Noon Antique Show, watch for your dealer contract to arrive in your mailbox sometime in July.

Please contact the office if your mailing address or other contact info has changed since we last visited with you, so you don't miss any deadlines!

Hope to see you in Denver for the Old West Show & Auction!


Collector News

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Come to Denver for the 3-day Weekend Event
June 25-27, 2010

Old West Show & Auction LogoAntique SHOW: 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Cowboy & Western    Indian & Ethnographic
Antique & Contemporary    Historic Firearms
Western Design    Jewelry & Apparel  
150 Dealers!  Meet authors of 4 books

Saturday Night AUCTION: Roy Rogers, Art, Indian, Cowboy

PARTY: Friday in downtown Denver's Wazee Street Art Walk

Don't miss this exciting event!  


In the News

News and Updates at High Noon

4 Photos of Roy Rogers Christie Auction ItemsChristies - High Noon Auction CoverIn just 30 days, High Noon blazes into New York with the most extraordinary auction! - The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum Collection -
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of our American heritage!

July 14-15th, 2010 -
Manhattan, NYC- High Noon & Christie's Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum Sale  - The definitive and final sale of all other property including the most important and iconic pieces from the museum will be sold via a partnership with High Noon and Christie's New York City.

That sale will include silver parade saddles, Roy's autographed sports memorabilia, costuming (Nudie's clothing, hats, boots, traveling trunks), personal photos, fishing gear, badges, toys, trophies and awards. Highlights include the family dining table hand made by George Montgomery, Dale Evans' charm bracelet chronicling 40 years, legendary silver dollar and longhorn adorned Nudies of North Hollywood convertible Bonneville that Roy and Dale used in special appearances, the famous Nellybelle jeep from the 1950s TV Show and, arguably, the most famous horse of all time, Trigger. (www.highnoon.com) (www.christies.com) or call High Noon (310) 202-9010 for more information and updated information and photos.

Our Inner Cowgirl

Photo of Barbara Goldeen, jewelry maker Mary C. Lovato and sample of here jewelryBarbara Goldeen
Globe Trekker and Goddess of the Finest Native American Jewelry and Crafts.

Sitting with Barbara and her husband and partner, John Selmer, at their store in South Pasadena (CA) befittingly named Santa Fe Crafts, you are surrounded with the most dazzling and rich representations of the finest jewelry, basketry, kachina dolls and textiles to be found - Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Pueblo to name just a few.

A perfectly placed round table with chairs in the center of their store, which they opened just a year ago, has quickly become the destination to spend delightful hours with this engaging, bright and elegant couple, learning about these Native American creations - the finest you'll find anywhere in the world. Learning from the masters, both Barbara and John have earned the reputation as nationally renowned collectors, appraisers and authorities. Sit at the "table" long enough to place your purse down and the offer of "water?," "glass of wine?", "champagne?" comes from Barbara, John or sometimes from both at the same time...they're a great team and a pure delight.

But back to Barbara, our inner cowgirl and her life journey to this point - and what a journey it's been. Barbara tells the story with a twinkle and smile that just says, "I've had a ball" but also says, "there's more I'm not telling you..."

A perfect example of this is how it all began. She starts the story from the early 1970s when she was living in San Francisco and designing a clothing line using exquisite textiles from Guatemala - a line of fashions picked up by both Macy's and the-not-too-shabby department store I. Magnin. "I would spend four months a year in Guatemala, selecting fabrics and textiles for my line of designs. I was able to do this very successfully for years until the revolution made it too dangerous to travel there any longer."

Dealer Spotlight

This month, Smoke Signals talks with Bill Mackin about his life-long gun collection, now on permanent exhibition at the Northwest Museum of Colorado.

Bill Mackin with wife MickeeBill Mackin

What is likely one the world's most extensive and important cowboy and gunfighter collections had been on display at the Museum of Northwest Colorado for a number of years. Bill Mackin, owner of this collection, was preparing to retire from his "real" job as a mental health counselor and started dropping hints to the museum that he would need to begin liquidating, a.k.a. selling, some of these pieces. Well, the Museum and Moffat County was having none of this! They were not about to see their pride and joy and the perfect representation of a region built on the gritty history of the west, be relinquished elsewhere. Moffat County, home to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid among other notorious types, is all about cowboys and gunfighters and the collection was going to stay where it was. And yes indeed, it has. The local government and community raised the money to buy this amazing collection outright from Bill and Mickee and, as Bill puts it, "Now I can have my cake and eat it too! Everyday, I can go see it and be part of it but I've got the money in the bank."

3 Pistols from Bill's CollectionIt's this delightful humor and tenacity that makes Bill such a treasure in the world of the Wild, Wild West. But how did it all begin? These are always the best parts of the story.

Well, for Bill, it began at the age of 9, growing up in the Salt Lake Valley. He had a belt with a silver buckle, which a schoolmate coveted. His schoolmate had a Top Break pistol which Bill wanted - the trade was done and Bill's life of collecting began. It was at the age of 15 that Bill stumbled upon a gun which now resides in the permanent collection at the Museum. He was in a bar (I didn't inquire why he was in a bar at the age of 15...) and saw a very rare 15 inch barrel highwall Winchester Rifle under the cash register. It was illegal to own this weapon at the time and it took Bill another 15 years to be able to buy it and another 7 years to clear the ATF - that's dedication to collecting.

While over the past 50 years Bill has amassed this amazing collection, for him, it's always been about the story behind the pieces, the research, the owners and the makers. Even as a young boy, his thirst for knowledge of the authenticity and history of gunfighter gear made him a bit of a Hollywood movie critic or, as he puts it, the smart Alec in the front row of the theater who could tell you that there was no way that gun even existed during the Civil War - they're using the wrong gun in the movie...He has story after story about Hollywood's mistakes.

Bill has spent a life collecting but also sharing his knowledge with the world. In 1989, he published the most comprehensive book on the subject entitled Cowboys and Gunfighter Collectibles. A quick search finds this book available at Amazon, et al. He has written over 100 articles for national magazines and for 5 years had a regular column in Trail's End Magazine.

While his massive collection may now reside in the Museum of Northwest Colorado, his passion for the life of the gunfighter and cowboy still remains.

Among the many pieces housed in the permanent collection is the finest known Bridgeport Rig on a J.S. Collins Cheyenne belt and a very rare Mexican loop holster by E.L. Gallatin. Oh yes, and the 15" barrel high wall Winchester that took him 22 years to own is there too.

Craig, Colorado is where you'll find the Museum of Northwest Colorado, located in famous Moffat County, today, home to world-class dude ranches and hunter clubs. Yes, the West still lives on in Moffat County and Bill Mackin's collection is an important part of that world and ours.

The Museum of Northwest Colorado
590 Yampa Avenue
Craig, CO 81625
(970) 824-6360

and Furthermore...

This month, Smoke Signals makes room for more cowboy poetry from amy...

Puttin' on Iron
by amy elizabeth

Bent over all day, his head 'bout even with his knees,
Puttin' iron on a horse is seldom done with pain free ease.
He finds the aroma quite pleasin' from a shoe that's smokin' hot,
An' ain't bothered by the sweat that's rollin' off his nose more times than not.

Clenched in his teeth, he reaches fer shoein' nails one by one,
Fer that sorry ol' horse gone lame from somethin' prob'ly nature'd done.
The owners stand around thinkin' they have better angles to suggest,
He kindly responds with a nod, then does it his way knowin' what's best.

Not all horses stand quiet, in fact some put up one helluva fight,
But a boot in the ribs and a bit of cussin' fixes most attitudes just 'bout right.
He's been pooped on, jerked 'round, an' even bit in the ass,
His fingers been sliced, hammered, an' of course his back - he just hopes lasts.

He ought charge more fer all the hell he goes through,
'Specially them ol' timers who still take pride in buildin' their own shoes.
Some call him a blacksmith, others a farrier, or a shoer more simply said,
But one thing fer shor, come Sunday he's most likely cowboyin' 'nstead.

Photo of Amy Elizabeth, poetamy elizabeth 2008

Stories of the Old West were an inspirational tool in my early cowboy poetry. Born in Chicago, Illinois, horses were sparse and cowboys few - but if there's a will there's a cowboy way. Today, home is on a small ranch in Arizona where horses are plentiful and cowboys are an arm's length away. I'm currently at work on a Western Romance Novel, and I just completed my first book of Western Folk Poetry. Sometimes you have to grab life by the reins, put weight in the stirrups, sit deep, and chance every mountain no matter how steep.
-amy elizabeth

Roaming Range Reporter

Photo of Al Shelton
Join us for a reception and
90th birthday celebration
for Al Shelton,
"Cowboy Artist to the Stars"
on June 20, 3:30 pm, at the
Autry National Center, Los Angeles

Upcoming Events
NOW thru June 20, 2010  Space Silence Spirit - Maynard Dixon's West - The Hays Collection  Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA
NOW thru June 30, 2010 
Traditions Art Alive - The Art of Sharon Brening  Corsicana, TX
NOW thru June 30, 2010 
Colorado & The West  Scottsdale, AZ
NOW thru June 30, 2010 
Wild New Ways: Maurice Sendak's Animal Kingdom  National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
NOW thru July 31, 2010 
Art of the Western Saddle  American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, Amarillo, TX
NOW thru August 22, 2010 
Home Lands: How Women Made the West  Los Angeles, CA
NOW thru September 6, 2010 
Georgia O'Keefe and the Faraway: Nature and Image Exhibit 
Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Ft. Worth, TX

June 4-30, 2010  WAOWing The Golden State - Women Artists of the West  Olaf Wieghorst Museum, El Cajon, CA
June 11, 2010 
An Evening With The Cowboys at The Carriage and Western Art Museum  Santa Barbara, CA
June 11-13, 2010 
14th Annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering  Fort Scott, KS
June 11-13, 2010 
Prix de West Invitational Exhibition Opening Weekend  Oklahoma City, OK
June 18-20, 2010 
Red Earth 24th Annual Native American Festival  Oklahoma City, OK
June 20, 2010 
Al Shelton, Cowboy Artist to the Stars  Los Angeles, CA
June 25-27, 2010 
Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction  Denver, CO
July 2-4, 2010 
Home of Champions Rodeo  Red Lodge, MT
July 8-10, 2010 
National Quarter Horse Association Summer Horse Show  Elko, NV
July 9-18, 2010 
Calgary Stampede  Calgary, Alberta, Canada
July 14-15, 2010 
High Noon & Christie's The Roy Rogers Museum Sale  Manhattan, NY
July 19-22, 2010 
Wild West History Association Roundup  Ruidoso, NM
July 22, 2010 
Cheyenne Frontier Days  Cheyenne, WY
July 23, 2010 
Flying High and Crash Landing: Bull Wrecks in Rodeo  Oklahoma City, OK
July 24, 2010 
National Day of the American Cowboy  Cerritos, CA
July 24, 2010
  National Day of the American Cowboy  Ft. Worth, TX
July 24, 2010  National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration Spearfish, SD
July 24-August 1, 2010  Durango Fiesta Days  Durango, CO
August 6-8, 2010
  The Great Southwestern Antique Show  Albuquerque, NM
August 12-17, 2010  27th Annual Antique Ethnographic Art Show  Santa Fe, NM
August 13-14, 2010  Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering  Prescott, AZ
August 13-22, 2010
  The Santa Fe Show: Objects of Art  Santa Fe, NM
August 15-17, 2010  32nd Annual Invitational Indian Art Show  Santa Fe, NM
August 19-23, 2010  Crow Fair 2010  Crow Agency, MT
October 20-24, 2010  Grand National Rodeo  San Francisco, CA
December 10-12, 2010  Monterey Cowboy & Music Festival  Monterey, CA

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