“The best-known image of Native performers is as warriors on horseback in Wild West shows,” says author Christine Bold. “This image has obscured an equally significant entertainment history: Native and non-Native performers “playing Indian” on vaudeville and on its close equivalents overseas, variety, and Varieté.”
On Tuesday, August 18, 1 p.m. at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Bold uncovers some of the hidden history of “vaudeville Indians” from Montana to Manhattan, Great Britain to Germany. Her talk, From Wild West to Vaudeville: “Playing Indian” on Global Circuits, 1880s – 1930s, takes place in the Center’s Coe Auditorium and is free to the public. Bold is on hand following the presentation to sign copies of her award-winning book, The Frontier Club: Popular Westerns and Cultural Power, 1880 – 1924.
Bold is Professor at the School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She earned her PhD from the University College in London and her master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh. She has taught and lectured at Trent University, Durham, Ontario; University of Alberta, Edmonton; University of British Columbia, Vancouver; and West London Institute of Higher Education, London, as well as a term as a research fellow at Ealing College of Higher Education in London.
The Center’s McCracken Research Library sponsors Bold’s talk as part of its 35th anniversary. For more information, contact Mary Robinson, the McCracken Library’s director, at [email protected] or 307-578-4063.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.