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Portrait of Mike-1


Mike was an arts and event supervisor for the city of Santa Clarita, California, USA. He also was also a country western music guitarist. I met Mike as he was getting things ready for a special show that they were putting up for the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. I had just intercepted him when he was heading back stage to the Canyon Theatre Guild. The show was group called Sons of the San Joaquin and a singer from Texas named Kristen Harris country western musicians.

Mike remarked that  the Cowboy Festival was great and he advised everybody should come out and attend.

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Portrait of Dusty



Jessie was a vendor from Chino Valley, Arizona, USA, with Buckaroo Bobbins. You may see and purchase the items they similar to the ones they were selling at the the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on their website.

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Portrait of John-2


John came from Orange County with a group of friends to attend the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival for their second year in a row. His group, however, had been participating together in various events, including Civil War reenactment for many years; they were Terry’s Texas Rangers 8th Cavalry.

John was in retail but enjoyed emulating being a cowboy on a cattle drive or Civil War Texas Ranger.

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Portrait of Randall


Randall, a native American of the Miniconjou band of the Sioux (Lakota) Nation, was in the process of setting up a teepee  (also interchangeably called a Lodge). His buddy, who was helping him set up the lodge, was for the most part Cherokee. When I got there, Randall had two lodges already set up, one was his Lakota style Lodge, and another one was a Cheyenne style Lodge.

At 65 years old, Randall left his everyday job and came down to Newhall, California, USA (part of Santa Clarita) “by special invitation, to bring the true history of the Indian peoples to the white/American public who’s only exposure to this date has been history books written by Europeans, the Anglos, and the movies that they see. This is how we live. This is how we set them up. ”

Randall was looking forward to speak to the people who would be coming to the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Each year, with determination and dedication, Randall spread the true history of his people to everyone he could reach to offset what they learned incorrectly in school.

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Lakota style Lodge

Lakota and Cheyenne style lodges

Randall Erects Teepee (Lodge)
“This is how we set ’em up.”

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