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On the Cover: There’s a reason Geronimo, shown circa 1907, is a household name. To find out why, pick up our July/August 2014 issue and turn to “Once He Moved Like the Wind” on page 34. Photograph by Aaron B. Canady/U.S. Library of Congress.
Once He Moved Like the Wind
It’s a name known—and shouted—the world over. Geronimo was an enemy of two nations, an Apache warrior, and one of the most famous Native Americans of all time. He spent his last fourteen years as a prisoner of war at Fort Sill.
By Jim Logan
For more than fifty years, Champlin Firearms in Enid has created, restored, and repaired guns that are a marriage of beauty, history, and firepower. Customers and employees come from all over the world—and the World Wide Web—to do business here.
By Megan Rossman
Photography by Shane Bevel
Spirit of a Nation
A chocolate factory, world-class Native American cultural center, art gallery, and hotel restored to its former glory are connecting the Chickasaw Nation and south-central Oklahoma to travelers near and far.
By Anne Barajas Harp
Photography by John Jernigan
Church in the Dirt
They come for the roping, riding, and wrangling; they stay for the authentic atmosphere and sense of community. At Oklahoma’s cowboy churches, rodeo and religion are meaning-makers of the highest order.
By Nathan Gunter
Photography by Rebekah Morrow
Great steaks are just the beginning of a quirky experience at Wild Country Meats in Hominy; how longhorn cattle were saved in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge; skate parks give Native American kids a place to practice their moves; and European tourists cross the Atlantic for a taste of the cowboy life at the Haverstreng Ranch near Stratford.
Chickasaw and Choctaw weaver Margaret Roach Wheeler spins her heritage into wearable art; Caddo bow maker Phil Cross uses the bois d’arc tree to continue his tribe’s traditions; after a posse shot up his murder trial, Zeke Proctor became a hero in the Cherokee Nation; and the Tequila Songbirds are a country supergroup made of many of the state’s best singer-songwriters.
Food & Drink
A campfire was a tried and true method of cooking for Indians and cowboys, and with a little help from the experts, travelers looking to get back to nature can go beyond roasting hot dogs and marshmallows outside the tent; and Oklahoma’s Native American nations combat an epidemic with cooking classes that teach kids about healthy choices.