The Death of Cattle Kate

Canadian woman turned Wyoming homesteader Ellen “Ella” Liddy Watson, was later lynched by Wyoming Stock Growers Association members. Says historian Daryl Drew; “This photo appears to me as a hurried joke shot. The throatlatch is undone, there’s no saddle and she’s barefoot and in a nightgown and nightcap.” This innocent image was used to discredit …

Jerry Ambler

Rodeo Legend Set The Standard Rodeo cowboy Jerry Ambler is the man credited with revolutionizing saddle bronc riding, taking the competition from a showdown of brute strength to a display of balance and grace. Born in 1911 in Minburn, Alta., Ambler’s father raised horses and supplied rodeo bucking stock. By nine years old, Ambler was …

Wilf Carter

The Father of Canadian country Music Wilf Carter is commonly recognized as Canada’s first country music star. Also known as the Yodelling Cowboy and, in the United States as Montana Slim, Carter had a profound impact on Canadian country music from the 1930s until the end of the 1950s. Born in 1904 in Nova Scotia, …

Canadian Confederation – Part 6

Changes and Adaptations “All is change. The cattle came from elsewhere. So did the horses.” —When the Indians Became Cowboys, Peter Iverson For the Sioux in Canada, the winter of 1879–80 had been long and hungry. The insufficient return of the buffalo made it clear that the old way of life was doomed. If they were …