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On the Cover: Spanish mustangs—including Golden Sugar, a mare descended from Choctaw horses—are the focus of the feature “A Breed Apart” on page 30. Photograph by Shane Bevel.
A Breed Apart
The Spanish mustang, companion to countless cowboys and Native American tribes, is an enduring symbol of the American West. Since the 1950s, a pair of Oklahoma men has been dedicated to saving a herd of rare horses with lineage that dates to the founding of the New World.
By Leighona Bernstein
Photography by Shane Bevel
Without continuous creation, heritage is mere history. Six Oklahomans are keeping the time-honored skills of their cultures alive by making cradleboards, beaded regalia, saddles, spurs, and baskets.
By Karlie Tipton
Photography by Melissa Lukenbaugh
One Armed & Dangerous
A Shidler cowboy who survived a life-threatening accident has gone on to become one of the most unforgettable rodeo entertainers of all time.
By Tom Lindley
Photography by Tom Luker
The Home Place
Upheaval defined Oklahoma’s origins. Native Americans were removed to land that was not their home, and prospectors claimed vast tracts of the prairie in massive land runs. That long-ago transition has become enduring stability for some families, as multiple generations have lived on and cared for the land their ancestors claimed or settled more than a century ago.
By Nathan Gunter
Photography by James Pratt
Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum is known for its world-class collections of Native American and western art and artifacts. A new $18 million facility on the Gilcrease campus, the Helmerich Center for American Research, is a haven for historical inquiry.
By Randy Krehbiel
With miles of Fort Gibson Lake shoreline, endless adventure, and a newly redesigned lodge, Sequoyah State Park near Hulbert is a perfect summer escape; Debby and Michael Kaspari watch a teepee go up at Roman Nose State Park near Watonga; and the miniature horses at WeeOkie Farm near Yukon bring a family together.
Ada native Taylor Dye is a girl writing the country songs as half of the chart-topping country duo Maddie & Tae; a unique program at Murray State College in Tishomingo teaches students how to turn raw materials into guns; and in the early twentieth century, Temple and Louis Abernathy, ages six and ten, became famous when they rode alone from Frederick to New York City.
Food & Drink
Citizen Potawatomi chef Loretta Barrett Oden shares a meatloaf recipe from someone dear to her heart; the Quapaw Tribe farm-to-table initiative is benefiting tribal members and diners at its casino restaurants; and the eighteen ingredients in a Clark Crew BBQ recipe will have you making award-winning sauce for your spareribs in no time.