Buffalo Bill: Show Indians

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Show Indians “Buffalo Bill Cody was the perfect carrier of interest in the Indian” (Boehme, 1998:77). Over a thousand Native American performers appeared in Buffalo Bill 's Wild West Show, participating in historical event reenactments, horseback riding, and performing ceremonial dances. These performers often participated in reenactments that included attacks on settler 's cabins, stagecoaches, pony–express mail riders, and wagon trains. Among the historical reenactments were the Battle of Little Big Horn and the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Although they had to perform under stereotypical guidelines, the Show at least provided natives an opportunity to continue participating in their own cultural practices, which were deemed illegal on

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