Makes you understand the pitfalls and the danger and the foolishness of it all and still want to shout out, yippee!"" - Donna Livingstone, author of The Cowboy Spirit: Guy Weadick and the Calgary Stampede
This book investigates the meanings and iconography of the Stampede: an invented tradition that takes over the city of Calgary for 10 days every July. Since 1912, archetypal "Cowboys and Indians" are seen again at the chuckwagon races, on the midway, and throughout Calgary. Each essay in this collection examines a facet of the experience - from the images on advertising posters to the ritual of the annual parade. This study of the Calgary Stampede as a social phenomenon reveals the history and sociology of the city of Calgary and a component of the social construction of identity for western Canada as a whole.