Conversations at BSC
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: NECE - Bavendick Stateroom
"Buffalo Bill Cody and the Invention of the West"
3 p.m., Bavendick Stateroom
National Energy Center of Excellence
BSC presents its seventh year of conversations to enrich the community's understanding of our common humanity with Clay Jenkinson and BSC President Larry C. Skogen.
People take the story of the American West for granted-cowboys, Indians, the "Indian Wars," the disappearance of the buffalo, schoolmarms, the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Countless westerns (both books and movies) have emerged from this tradition, including more than 100 books and 400 short stories from the pen of North Dakota's Louis L'Amour. Much of this tradition has its origin in the life of William Frederick (Buffalo Bill) Cody, an American scout, bison hunter, and showman (1846-1917). Cody created his Wild West Show in 1883, the same year that Theodore first came to North Dakota. This conversation will explore the life and achievement of Buffalo Bill Cody, his relations with American Indians, the way in which he depicted Indians in his shows both in the United States and Europe. Skogen and Jenkinson will base their conversation on Cody's autobiography (1920), and Louis S. Warren's "Buffalo Bill's America: William Cody and the Wild West Show."