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Untitled - Man on White Horse

Untitled – Man on a White Horse

Dec 19, 2017 - Jennifer Garza-Cuen

With barely 600,000 residents Wyoming is the least populated state in the union. Its idea of State selfhood is one of abundant natural splendor, rugged resilience, and self-sufficiency.  The main economic drivers are mineral extraction and tourism. Agricultural commodities include livestock, hay, wheat, barley, and wool. The climate is semi-arid continental, it is dry and windy with extreme shifts in temperature.

 

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the American West was a place where identity was often the creative result of entrepreneurial self-invention, fiction, and theater. It is telling that some of its most famed residents such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Sitting Bull, and Calamity Jane made a living later in life by acting out their own legends.

 

To this day the Wyoming state website proudly boasts of ‘the untamed spirit of the West’ and its ability to ‘open your mind and invigorate your senses to release your own inner freedom and sense of adventure.’

 

Alan Watts said ‘A myth is not something simply untrue but rather a myth is an image, in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.’ Imag[in]ing America is my personal investigation into some of those myths.