Forest fire burning, Wildfire at night in Chiangmai, Thailand

Welcome to the Age of Megafires

It's been a terrible year for fires in California and elsewhere around the world. Because then it always is now in the age of megafires.
Winnetou

Why East Germany Loved the Wild West

During the Cold War, both the West and East Germany film industries made popular westerns. Yes, westerns. What was that all about?
Yellowstone wolf

Wyoming’s War on Wolves

Gray wolves in Wyoming recently lost their protected status. What will become of a species burdened by myths about its "fierce and furious" nature?
Buffalo Bill Cody

The Truth Behind Buffalo Bill’s Scalping Act

“Buffalo Bill” Cody was among history’s most intriguing showmen, fascinating a nation with a show that helped weave the modern myth of the Wild West.
Billy Schenck painting

Retelling the American West in the Museum

In a time filled with “alternative truths,” historian Marsha Weisiger argues for more sophisticated approaches to telling the history of the American West.
Fire

Fire Season is Getting Longer and Longer

A look at how climate change and human influences are changing the dynamics of fire, and the landscape, in the American west.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez  
Credit: Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

Napoleon Dynamite & the Neo-Western Film

The western genre is engrained in American film from its roots to today. Jared Hess' Napoleon Dynamite revises this legacy in a surprising way.

Reading the Landscape

For the past two months, I have been on a researching road trip through the West and Southwest—Colorado, ...