Wild West Show
Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody
also begins his show business career on the stage, and his "Wild West
Show", a circus style entertainment which draws on many aspects of
Western life and legend, may be seen as a combination of dime novel and
celebrates the accomplishments of the cowboy, such as roping and riding
skills and fancy shooting. It
exhibits real live Indians and buffalo.
And it contains embryonic narratives such as an Indian attack on
the Deadwood Stage, episodes that came closer than ever before to the
In a parallel development, the rodeo gathers popular appeal.
It also plays its part in packaging the riding and roping skills of
the cowboy into a form of commercial entertainment.