The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on December 23, 1960 · Page 12
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 12

Freeport, Texas
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Friday, December 23, 1960
Page 12
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IN WIL HHH9BBK&HffiBlBHE IJlBgtsapgpnj^iauIr' ; , - ••^•.iLwJ'r.a... a***;ret!" 1 OK- ".':.'• • .-. . . . v : ,-'«ssrrK*i*iK»^«»' 1 ^i:»»BfcK;.'iw='*«^,-M»^>»«»i<^.-..':«.•-.•••"• - -—-- • —- ^ This ml^t well be a scene on the Crow Indian reservation in Montana, but it was taken deep in Bavaria, on the edge of the Black Forest. A merica's frontier days have come alive again —in Germany. From time to time, Indian war whoops and cowboys' gunfire shatter the peace of a Bavarian countryside. Smoke rises from fires in front of a dozen tepees, German "rot hauts" (redskins) weave to and fro in a frenzied war dance, cowboys twirl lariats with the skill of a Texas cowpuncher. A German Indian and cowboy clug encampment is in progress. There are 23 of these clubs scattered over Germany from the North Sea to the southern borders of the Black Forest. The first one, the Cowboy Club of Munich, was founded in 1913, followed by the Buffalo Cowboy Club of Freiburg. Then came the Indian Ogalala Club in Duesseldorf, the Indi- anerfreunde Club of |Carlsruhe, the Wild West Club of Frankfurt and other similar groups. They all participate each year in one large encampment. This year's-gathering was near Cologne. A visit of a Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and the writings of Karl May, a German author, on the American Indian and the exciting West were said to have inspired the Germans to form the clubs. Ku uuubi WuotuiU liit*vice l the process. German cowboys-make like Western bronco busters as they gather at the bar for drinks. It's in the headquarters of the Cowboy Club of Munich. With a German gasthaus (inn) as a backdrop, these Nordic cowboys and Indians do rope spinning that would be a credit to any real Western rodeo. To the' beat of tom-toms, German "rot hauts" stage^a. dance against a background of tepees "made in Germany." Hoop dances of American eouthweat Indians are skillfully executed by these German redskins. . ThU Wt.Vi MCTURt IHOW-AP N.wifiBlurtt 1 A , t

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