America's roots are rural. The US Census shows that as recently as 1920 half the American people lived in the country, not in the city.
The 100 Year History of the Pendleton Round-up is a superb reminder of the rich livestock ranching part of those rural roots. The history's tightly edited text and stunning photographs suggest why thousands of people travel from near and far in early September to see the Round-up.
But the history shows more than iconic horsemanship and roping. Also shown are the legendary skills and courage of female competitors and participants, including the thrilling sight of each year's Rodeo Princesses, one by one, opening each show by racing at full gallop around the arena, waving to a madly cheering, teary-eyed crowd. Central also is the full participation by Umatilla, Walla Walla, Nez Perce and Cayuse tribal members, including the Happy Canyon Pageant, and large teepee
encampment next to the arena. The history documents Rodeo leadership ...