Before I get to Mr. Erdoes, I would like to remind everyone of the western short-story competition at www.ropeandwire.com. Check it out for submission guidelines, rules, etc. I had a problem when I tried this link, even though it tested fine. If you have the same problem, just enter it into your browser and hit search. And be sure to check out the website, it's terrific!
Now, on to Mr. Erdoes. Richard Erdoes wrote several books about the West and the American Indians and I ran across one of his books, Saloons of the Old West, a few months ago not having heard of him. I looked him up on the internet and found a newspaper, The Lakota Country Times, which had an article about him on July 24, 2008. The article stated that he had passed away at the age of 96.and the funeral was held July 22, 2008, at the El Rancho de la Golondrinas in Santa Fe, NM. (See article here: www.lakotacountrytimes.com/news/2008-07-24/front_page/)
Some blogs may have already mentioned his death, but it's new to me, and I'm really enjoying his Saloons... , and have written about it once or twice before (last time was May 29). I can't believe it's been four months, but I've had many interruptions, and like I've said before, I'm a slow reader, getting slower all the time.
Mr. Erdoes came from Austria and joined in the marches and meetings of the American Indian Movement and was also a Photographer and Illustrator. His many books include, Lame Deer, American Indian Myths & Legends, Legends and Tales of the American West, The Sun Dance People, and others.
Next post, will have some more on Saloons of the Old West.