Tuesday, January 27, 2009

American Restless

"For the Plains tribes the horse was a technology as transformative as the railroad would be for the Yankees of the nineteenth century. In Cheyenne folklore the god Maheo warned them, 'If you have horses everything will be changed for you forever. You will have to move around a lot to find pasture for your horses. You will have to give up gardening and live by hunting and gathering, like the Comanches. And you will have to come out of your earth houses and live in tents.'"
(River of Shadows, Rebecca Solnit)

An animal of beauty, el vaquero, a San Francisco taproom, roadside gas station--Restless American is somewhere between pinpointing meaning and the open range. And where along that continue might we be finding home.

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