- ABOUT US
ON THE COVER: Gene Tsatoke of Norman was one of the Kiowa elders photographed and interviewed by David Joshua Jennings and Blas Preciado for an ongoing series of portraits. See more of their work in this issue’s portfolio, “Who We Are.”
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The Long Drive Home
For a century and a half, the Chisholm Trail has been the stuff of Wild West legend. This year, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, the trail calls to travelers more than ever before with history, heritage, and a cowboy adventure like no other.
By Robert Reid
Photography by Shane Bevel
Who We Are
David Joshua Jennings teamed with Kiowa elder Blas Preciado to photograph members of the Kiowa tribe. What they captured were more than portraits: They were a glimpse into the soul of a nation.
By David Joshua Jennings
Photography by David Joshua Jennings and Blas Preciado
Man of the West
For decades, Harold T. “H” Holden has cast Oklahoma’s western heritage in bronze, clay, and paint. And though he recently was honored with a Western Heritage Award—a statue he designed—this cowboy keeps it humble.
By Megan Rossman
Portrait by Shane Bevel
The Cherokee Nation in the rolling hills of northeastern Oklahoma has built a tourism infrastructure that beckons to visitors eager to explore this one-of-a-kind Native American culture. But it’s the interpreters and guides who care for these historic treasures that make the trip truly unforgettable.
By Sheilah Bright
A Place Remembered
Oklahoma holds in its land the spirit of the West. Essayist and historian Jim Logan recalls the way Oklahoma’s western heritage—and his ancestors’ experiences of it—shaped him.
By Jim Logan
Illustration by JJ Ritchey
Jerome Tiger was known as one of the world’s greatest Native American artists when he died unexpectedly at twenty-six. Fifty years later, his work still resonates.
By M.J. Van Deventer
Four-legged creatures of all kinds find refuge at 1 Day Ranch near Shawnee; new releases from L.T.Z., country music stars, and OU Press; Sulphur is a paradise for those who love dining, shopping, and art; a drive through the state provides insight into the lives of Wild West outlaws; and the Wyandotte Nation Cultural Center and Museum spotlights the tribe.
Idabel native Poteet Victory’s modern art has earned him the unofficial title “Picasso of Santa Fe”; lawman Chris Madsen didn’t always follow the law himself; Jim Logan’s poem does some “Lookin’ Back”; the TSCRA protects hard-working ranchers from cattle rustlers; and Bella Aikuli Cornell rocks out and speaks out for her Choctaw heritage.
Using innovative methods and fresh ingredients, American Solera brewery in Tulsa is winning awards and making a name for itself on the world beer stage. And a comfy lawn chair, a good book, and a pitcher of Phoenix Wing Sangria made from a recipe by Base Vines and Cattle winery is a perfect way to enjoy even the hottest Oklahoma summer day.