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Barry Corbin

 Episode 11. Rodeos & Roundups

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"...So, join me, Barry Corbin, as we saddle up to explore: 'Cowboy Country'..."

"...this is the world of the rodeo rider and their skills..."

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  1. Western Migration. Beginning in the early 1840's, more than 350,000 emigrants headed out into the American West in covered wagons, on horseback and on foot. It was one of the biggest migrations in human history and one of the most difficult - five months across dangerous, unforgiving land. We retrace the steps of these pioneers along the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails to gain an understanding of those who risked so much to reach their promised land.
  1. Native Americans. For centuries, the native peoples of the American West lived a proud, independent life. But in the mid of the 19th century they found themselves overwhelmed by a torrent of emigrants. Theirs is a story of tragedy and treachery but also, finally, one of hope and the revival of ancient beliefs and customs.
  1. Hollywood Comes To Cowboy Country. Hollywood's portrayal of the American West may not always have been accurate but it's certainly helped preserve interest in this colorful or American history. Classic Western films are entwined with a time when bravery and purpose were the rule rather than the exception. So we revisit some of the stars of this genre, and the places where they made their celluloid magic, to examine why the Western movie has proven to be so enduring.
  1. The Gold Rush. More than liberty, land or lumber, gold paved the way for the settlement of the American West. The frenzied days of the 49'ers prospectors are long gone but Gold Rush towns still beckon those who are mining for memories from one of history's most exciting times.
  1. Rail Journeys. Nothing so fundamentally changed the American West as did the "iron horse." This new form of transportation created fortunes, hastened the end of ancient cultures and shaped a new world. So climb aboard as we travel through the past and the present on America's Western railroads.
  1. Western Towns: Dead or Alive. The history of the American West is often most colorfully told in places like Tombstone, Arizona; South Pass City, Wyoming; and Deadwood, South Dakota. Some of the Old West's towns have crumbled to dust. Others are very much alive. A trip through them is a fascinating journey into the past.
  1. The Other Voices Of Cowboy Country. The American West of the 19th century was not just a place of native Americans and emigrants of European ancestry. It was also also a place where those of African, Asian and Spanish descent left and indelible mark. We examine that contribution.
  1. Critters Of Cowboy Country. Across the American West few treasures are as precious as the wildlife that roams this vast area. But for many of these animals -the bison, the elk, the deer, the wild horses- the days since the wild wild West have been perilous times. We visit them in their natural habitats and we see what's being done to protect them for the future.
  1. The Ancient Ones. Before the first covered wagon crossed the plains, before the first cowboy or Spanish conquistador, they were there. The Navajo call them "The Ancient Ones." They flourished throughout the American West for nearly seven centuries. Their disappearance remains an enduring mystery. We search for answers.
  1. Dude Ranches. The American West is home to hundreds of places where city slickers can experience cowboy life, if only for a few days. It is an experience that draws hundreds of thousands of people of all ages every year, many of them from Europe and Asia. We'll see why.
  1. Rodeos & Roundups. Each year, more than 700 rodeos are held across the USA. These competitions are deeply rooted in the workaday reality of the cowboys, a reality that still exists on ranches throughout the American West. We explore both worlds.
  1. Cowboy Country Journeys. The American West is home to some of the world's most fantastic terrain. So by horseback, canoe, river raft, jeep and llama pack we see how the pioneer spirit to explore and discover is still very much alive and well.
  1. Modern Day Cowboys. The cowboy ideal is a continuing presence in the American West. We showcase the people and the events that continue to nourish this ideal.


Executive Producers: Judy Brooks & Roy Walkenhorst

2000. Lightbridge Productions.

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