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October 2010 - Vol 2, Issue 10
In This Issue
Feature Story: Sacred Sixguns? Navy Colt Revolvers and Christian Symbols by Phil Spangenberger
Featured Photo: Pictorial View of Western Americana....Featuring Myron Beck
Linda's Feed Bag: Robin Ireland's "Black Cat" Enchilada Shells
Bits & Pieces - Dealer Updates
In The News: High Noon in the Wall Street Journal and Antiques Designated as Officially Green
Dealer Spotlight: Ms. Terry Schurmeier, Owner of Cowboys & Indians
Roaming Range Reporter: Discovering the Cherokee Nation
and Furthermore...Cowboy Poetry by amy elizabeth
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events
Feature Story

Photo of Church of the Good Shepherd, Hartford, Conn.Sacred Sixguns?
Navy Colt revolvers and Christian symbols decorate this church - a unique monument to one of the world's greatest arms designers

By Phil Spangenberger

Have you ever heard of a church using firearms art to embellish its architecture? There is such a holy structure in Hartford, Connecticut-the home of revolutionary arms inventor and manufacturer Samuel Colt. When Samuel Colt passed away in 1862, his widow, Elizabeth Colt wanted to build a lasting memorial to him. After a few years, when it was realized that the congregation of the Episcopalian parish mission in the South Meadows area of Hartford, was outgrowing its original facility, Mrs. Colt decided that the construction of a new house of God would be a fitting memorial to her late husband, while providing a place of worship for the workmen at the nearby Colt's Armory.

Featured Photo by Myron Beck

Beck photo of cowboy father and son walking through trees
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. Heishi, a Pueblo term meaning shell, are discs or tubes with a hole in the center, usually of turquoise, coral or shell, that are strung together to form a flexible strand. The Santo Domingo Pueblo people are known for their fine Heishi.

2. A cowboy once made the mistake of arguing with a trapper over whether wildcats had long tails or not. The trapper settled the argument by displaying his skills with a Colt .45 revolver. The coroner's decision was that any Hombre who was crazy enough to call a longhaired, whisky-drinking trapper a liar had died of ignorance.

3. Open Edition has an unlimited number of impressions.

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Linda's Feed Bag
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Robin Ireland's "Black Cat" Enchilada Shells

1 2-oz pkg. dried jumbo shell macaroni
2 large green and/or red sweet peppers, chopped
1-½ cups chopped red onion
1 jalapeño chili pepper, seeded and chopped
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
Image of Black Cat2 cups chopped cooked black cat (...just kidding - use chicken)
½ cup cooked crumbled chorizo (or sausage)
1 16-oz can refried beans
1 cup black beans (drained)
½ cup corn
½ of a 1.25 oz package of taco seasoning mix (3 Tbsp)
2 10-oz cans enchilada sauce
1 8-oz package shredded Mexican style four cheese blend
1 2.25-oz can sliced olives
1 cup sliced green onions
2 cups nacho cheese Doritos
sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse, drain and set aside.

2. In skillet cook peppers, red onion, jalapeño, and ¼ tsp salt in hot oil over medium heat 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in chicken, chorizo, beans, seasoning mix, corn, ½ can sliced olives and ½ cup each of the cheese and green onions.

Halloween "Black Cat" Enchilada Pasta3. Divide filling among shells. Spread 1 cup of the remaining enchilada sauce in 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange shells atop sauce. Drizzle with remaining enchilada sauce.

4. Bake, covered, 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese and olives. Bake 5 minutes more or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with chips and remaining green onions. Serve with sour cream. Makes 8-10 servings.


Help us "Put on the Feed Bag!" Appetize us with your favorite cowboy cuisine. Send us a recipe or culinary creation - keeping the traditions of the American West alive is about the great food too! From ribs to rhubarb, campfire food to a great bowl of chili - we Wild West epicureans want to know.
Submissions welcome at SmokeSignals@highnoon.com.

Bits & Pieces

Photo of TheresaHigh Noon 2011 Dealer Updates from "T"

Dear High Noon Dealers,

Just a reminder that as per your 2011 High Noon Show contract, you are required to send in your TAX forms. All required tax info was included on the "peach-colored" dealer information sheet in your packet.

If you have any tax questions, please call or email the appropriate contact person listed on the info sheet: Peggy for State/Brenda for City.

If Rover ate your information sheet and you need another, or if you haven't downloaded your tax forms yet, you can find them all in one place on our website:

Look for "Quick Links & Downloads"
Look for & click on:
Download "Show dealer Info Sheet"
Download "Dealer Tax Forms and TPT Form Instructions"

CITY forms, payment, and documents should be placed in one envelope (the address is on the dealer info sheet), and mailed no later than Monday, November 1, 2010.

STATE and CITY forms: do not send cash, and only use your physical address. They will NOT accept a PO Box as your address.

If you have any show related questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact me at the High Noon office: (310) 202-9010 or theresa@highnoon.com

We'll see you down the trail...


Consignments Wanted

High Noon Western Americana Auction is accepting high quality Cowboy consignments

Indian Items at AuctionHigh Noon Western Americana Auction is accepting high quality Cowboy consignments for our January 29, 2011 Auction in Mesa, Arizona. January will be here before you know it, so call us at (310) 202-9010 or email us information and photos of your treasures: info@highnoon.com

Collector News

Illustration of High Noon PediaCheck out the
High Noon-Pedia

Did you know that High Noon has a very comprehensive RESOURCE DATABASE of the ARTISTS and CRAFTSMEN who have been featured in our auctions? And they can be found on our website FREE for EVERYONE to use? It features brief BIOGRAPHIES and TIDBITS of information about these talented and important individuals and companies. It's our version of "Western Wikipedia"!

And, in the style of Wikipedia, this is EVERYONE'S database! We want to know of any corrections, additions or deletions that need to be made. It's a High Noon family effort and we welcome your input!

Email us and we'll even give you credit for your submission if you want!

Check it out:  www.highnoon.com/hnartistbios.htm
Email us:   smokesignals@highnoon.com

In the News

High Noon in the Wall Street Journal

In the September 9, 2010 issue of the Wall Street Journal, in an article entitled: "Riding High, The allure of all things equestrian has never been greater, as vintage saddle collectors pay record prices for unique models," not only does High Noon take the limelight but the story confirms what we have always believed, there is a thirst and a burgeoning desire in this country and around the world for not only all things equestrian, but all things rooted in the rich heritage of the American West. On behalf of all of us at High Noon and the High Noon Family, we couldn't be more honored.


Antiques Designated as Officially Green

Drawing of a Spinning WheelLast June, Smoke Signals reported on the growing movement for the antiques to be designated as "Green." Those of us in the "business" have always known the antiques trade is the oldest recycling system in the world and the ultimate in preserving our heritage for future generations. But now, after an extensive study by Clear Carbon, an independent agency specializing in carbon accounting and carbon management, antiques have now officially been determined as environmentally friendly. Across the board, antiques were found to have a lower carbon footprint than newly manufactured items with antique furniture topping that list with a carbon footprint 16 times lower than new.

The study also evaluated the manufacturing processes used to create these antique pieces versus the new manufacturing processes. The carbon emissions associated with the creation of antique pieces was extremely low if non-existent. Most work was done by hand, manually powered and in the daylight.

At the conclusion of the study, it was determined that antiques should be recognized for their genuine green hallmark for they are "sustainable, re-usable, and re-saleable. Buying antiques reduces landfills, reduces carbon emissions and reduces the consumption of new goods from abroad."

For more information, visit www.antiquesaregreen.org

Dealer Spotlight

Photo of Terry SchurmeierMs. Terry Schurmeier
Owner of Cowboys & Indians Antiques and Producer of Great Southwestern Antique Shows

Tracking down Terry for an interview wasn't the easiest thing to do. She runs at mach 20 everyday and, in typical Terry style, Smoke Signals finally tracked her down on her cell phone as she was pulling her Airstream across New Mexico on her way to set up at Round Top. "I've never done Round Top before! I am so excited. I've been on the waiting list for years because I need an indoor space. I finally got one and this year I'm going to be in the Big Red Barn!" She doesn't stop. Passionate about what she does is an understatement and it all began when she was just a little girl.

Growing up in Chicago to parents who were "big on education and history" her weekends were spent with her sister Janine scouring the Field Museum in Chicago. She spent her summers with her family in the Wisconsin Dells, an area rich in Winnebago history and heritage. We camped, we canoed, we learned to start fires with a single match, we even got to know the Chiefs of the Pow-Wows by their first name. She completely embraced the culture and heritage of the American Indians. As a young girl, she was one of those Girl Scouts who had badges that wrapped all the way around her entire sash - the envy of those of us who couldn't even make it halfway around. Her sister Janine, who actually wanted to grow up to be an American Indian, had to get a second sash to hold all her badges...well, enough of Girl Scout badge envy...

Flash-forward to high school by which time her family had moved to Southern California. It was her senior year in high school when Terry began buying and selling American Indian art and artifacts, earning money to help with her college tuition. Between her success at selling and grants (cause she was such a smart kid) she put her self through CalPoly in pre-med. She applied and was accepted to medical school but in the eleventh hour, decided to pursue her real passion and opted not to attend. Instead, she went the Social Services route, working groups of young girls and women, and yes, teaching them all the wonderful skills she learned as a child. She was passionate about sharing her love of nature and the culture of the American Indians. "If we don't keep their history and culture alive, I'm afraid it will be lost forever."

On the weekends, she was bidding and buying at Ron Munn's Auctions and was often the first in line at the American Indian Markets in Santa Monica (CA). "Those were the days when the line to get in was wrapped around the building," Terry recalls. Her entrepreneurial side started to kick in and she opened her first store in Pasadena, a shop she successfully ran for 13 years. "The market in Los Angeles began to change and more and more, when I found a piece or collection that was particularly important, I found myself heading to Santa Fe or Albuquerque to sell it. There just wasn't the appreciation or market in LA."

It was at this time that Terry, along with her sister Janine, (who didn't actually grow up to be an American Indian but as close as she could come) traveled to New Mexico in search of the perfect location for their new store. They found the building, completely restored it themselves and opened the doors to Cowboys & Indians in Albuquerque.

Along the way, Terry was also doing shows. She jumped into the High Noon shows in year two when she met Linda and Joseph. She blames Linda in particular for her next professional hat she wears as show promoter. "Linda coerced me into starting a show, she laughs." "Oh, you'd be great, you need to produce a big show..." Okay, Terry finally gave in but wanted to produce a show that was open to everyone, not just American Indian dealers. And, thus was born the Great Southwestern Antique Show, a truly grand affair and the virtual go-to kick-off for the following weeks in Santa Fe. Well done, Terry! "I had no idea it would become as big as it has. We are working now on some exciting changes to our (new) May show to make it a bit different from our August event."

Back to her roots and her parent's commitment to education, Terry's shows are all charity events. Proceeds from the shows are donated to numerous New Mexico education and art programs. "We've donated close to $100,000 over the past 7 years. I feel very proud that we are able to support the enrichment of children so that they can go on those field trips to museums like I did when I was young, that they can see Broadway plays and broaden their lives. There's nothing more important than educating the children."

Terry Schurmeier is one-of-a-kind and we are so proud and honored to have her as part of our High Noon Family.

Does she still have that Girl Scout sash? Yes she does... and she knows exactly where it is.

Terry Schurmeier
Cowboys & Indians Antiques
4000 Central SE 
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 255-4054
Email: cowgirls@rt66.com
The Great Southwestern Antique Show

Roaming Range Reporter

Discovering the Cherokee Nation

Map of the Trail of TearsA Journey called "The Trail of Tears"

In 1830, President Andrew Jackson forced a new piece of legislation through Congress called the "Indian Removal Act" of which the very large and powerful Cherokee nation was the target. The legislation called for all Native-American tribes to give up their lands east of the Mississippi in exchange for lands to the west. Jackson said that this was for the tribe's protection, but there was an ulterior motive - Euro-Americans settlers were anxious to take over their land, particularly in Northern Georgia where gold had been discovered. A number of Indian nations made attempts at non-violent resistance, but eventually felt that this was an inevitable removal and that there was no way to stop the federal government.

The Cherokee Nation of 22,000 citizens, based in Georgia, the Carolinas and Eastern Tennessee, decided to take their protest all the way to the Supreme Court. Considered one of the "civilized" tribes of the Southeast, they had adopted Euro-American practices of large-scale farming, Western education, slave-holding, and even published an English language newspaper. The Supreme Court sided with the Cherokee, saying that they had a constitutional right to stay in their ancestral land. In the end, President Jackson refused to enforce the law.

In 1838, the federal government sent in troops, who forced the Cherokees into stockades at bayonet point. They were not allowed time to gather their belongings and their homes were looted. It was then they began the forced thousand-mile march to an area in present-day Oklahoma. Over 4,000 out of 16,000 Cherokee people died of cold, hunger, exhaustion and disease. The Cherokee people call this journey the "Trail of Tears," - a journey that saw more people die than perished in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Cherokee Nation Today

Today the Cherokee Nation is the second largest Indian tribe in the nation. There are more than 280,000 tribal members, 70,000 of which reside in the 7,000 square miles of the Cherokee Nation. Soon after the Cherokee arrival, they transformed the area, creating a progressive court and education system with a literacy rate higher than the rest of the U.S. Many white settlements took advantage of their superior schools, and paid tuition to have their children attend the Cherokee schools. Oklahoma grew up around the nations of the Indian Territory, and that influence can be seen today.

Tahlequah - home today to the Cherokee Nation, is located in the heart of the Oklahoma's Green Country, an area of rolling pastoral hills and more than half of the state's parks and lakes. The area's attractions give visitors an inside look at the Cherokee way of life, both past and present. The Cherokee Heritage Center tells the story of this amazing tribe. The Center was built on the original site of the Cherokee National Female Seminary. Offering exhibits, cultural workshops and events, the center includes the Adams Corner Rural Village, Cherokee Family Research Center and Cherokee National Archives. The Cherokee National Museum houses a special exhibit gallery, two Native American art shows, and the award-winning Trail of Tears interpretive exhibition - an experience that will stir you to the depths of your soul. Ancient Village features replicas of traditional homes from the time of intense cultural transformation. Guides and villagers demonstrate traditional Cherokee crafts as basketry, pottery, field games and blow guns. The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is the oldest government building in Oklahoma. Today, both the Supreme and District Courts still hold sessions here.

For further information on visiting the Cherokee Nation visit: www.CherokeeTourismOK.com

and Furthermore...

This month we present cowboy poetry by amy elizabeth...

Partner Under Saddle
by amy elizabeth

My best thinkin' been done on a horse's back,
On a trail to nowhere with a whiskey stashed in my pack.
I reckon smokin' ain't acceptable in these modern days,
But my partner under saddle don't judge my ol' fashion ways.

The price of cowboyin' keeps gettin' higher an' higher,
An' there ain't hardly a place left to cook over an open fire.
Those days are gone when things were kept simple,
I miss penny candy and empty bottles worthy of a nickel.

I've slept under the stars with my horse tethered to a tree,
Back when dawn wasn't compromised by the sound of an ATV.
City life ain't takin' this cowboy out of his boots,
I'll never change, 'cause frankly I don't give two hoots.

Horse's found their usefulness in spite of change,
Learnin' this ol' hand to adapt... tho it feels mighty strange.
A cowboy's way ain't just a tradition; it's his heart an' soul,
An' he'll never be pushed further than the closest watering hole.

Ami Elizabeth, Poetamy elizabeth ©2010

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

Upcoming Events
ONGOING  The Red Rock Ride - A horseback adventure...  Tropic, UT
NOW thru October 31, 2010  Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art   Cody, WY
NOW thru November 7, 2010 
The Art of Native American Basketry - A Living Tradition  Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA
NOW thru December 5, 2010  6th Annual Heart of the West Art Exhibition  National Cowgirl Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
NOW thru January 9, 2011  21st Century Regionalists: The Art of the Next West  Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, NY
October 15-16, 2010  Cowboy Artists of America Sale  Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
October 16, 2010 
Buckaroo Bash  Indianapolis, IN
October 16-17, 2010 
Pumpkin Festival  Calabasas, CA
October 20-24, 2010
  Grand National Rodeo  San Francisco, CA
October 27, 2010  6th Annual Heart of the West Art Sale  National Cowgirl Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
October 28, 2010 
35th Annual National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon  Ft. Worth, TX
October 30, 2010 
Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)  Los Angeles, CA
October 30, 2010 
Vivan Los Muertos! (Day of the Dead Celebration)  Los Angeles, CA
October 30, 2010 
Las Vegas Intertribal Pow Wow  Las Vegas, NV
November 5-7, 2010 
Tombstone 9th Annual Western Music Festival  Tombstone, AZ
November 6, 2010 
Western Stock Saddle Collection Opening  Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX
November 11-14, 2010 
Annual Cowpoke Fall Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering  Loomis, CA
November 12-14, 2010 
26th Annual Vaquero Show & Sale  Santa Ynez, CA
November 12-14, 2010 
Chilies & Chocolate Festival  Phoenix, AZ
December 2-11, 2010 
Cowboy Christmas  Las Vegas, NV
December 2-11, 2010 
Wrangler Rodeo  Las Vegas, NV
December 4-5, 2010 
Bill Pickett Invitational Championship Rodeo  Kansas City, MO
December 5, 2010 
Cowboy Christmas Concert  Los Angeles, CA
December 10-12, 2010
  Monterey Cowboy & Music Festival  Monterey, CA
December 18, 2010  Native American Community Drumming Circle  Indianapolis, IN
January 29-30, 2011
  High Noon 3-Day Shopping Event  Mesa, AZ
May 6-8, 2011  DesignAmerica-Texas  Grapevine, TX
June 24-26, 2011
  Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction  Denver, CO

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