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An Indian Called Wounded Knee - Miss Viola Clemmons
and the White Lily Company in England & Wales, 1891-92

by Tom F. Cunningham
English Westerners’ Society, London
First published August 2012
14,794 words
42 pages

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This original study sheds considerable light on a neglected aspect of Buffalo Bill’s British season of 1891-92. While Buffalo Bill’s Wild West was touring provincial venues throughout England and Wales, his protegée, Miss Viola Clemmons, was embarked on a theatrical tour of her own, with her short-lived White Lily company, which included a party of ten Lakota Indians and mixed-bloods, brought over especially for this surreal and ill-conceived production.

Black Elk, Mexican Joe & Buffalo Bill - The Real Story
by Tom F. Cunningham
English Westerners’ Society, London
First published Spring 2015
16,000+ words
43 pages

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In this radical re-interpretation of the saga of Black Elk and the other Indians accidentally left behind in England at the end of Buffalo Bill’s 1887-88 tour, the Real Story turns out to be a radical departure from the hitherto accepted ‘facts’ - an essential companion volume to Black Elk Speaks and The Sixth Grandfather.

Mexican Joe Volume II - The Running Wolf Years
by Tom F. Cunningham
English Westerners’ Society, London
Published Winter 2016-17
17,936 words
44 pages

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Written as a sequel to Black Elk, Mexican Joe & Buffalo Bill - The Real Story, Volume II resumes the story of Mexican Joe’s chaotic and outrageous career as a Wild West showman from the point at which he parted company with Black Elk during the spring of 1889. The focus this time around is provided by the party of ‘Apaches’ throughout an almost perpetual tour of the United Kingdom, mercifully terminated by financial embarrassment in 1894. The star performer was Running Wolf, the ‘savage of the seventy scalps’, widely publicised as the most fiendish member of Geronimo’s final band of holdouts.

As ever, nothing is what it seems...

The Lies and Legends of Montana Bill - Wild West Echoes in Glasgow
by Tom F. Cunningham
English Westerners’ Society, London
Published Summer 2020
16,410 words
48 pages

A further meticulous venture into the frontier lying intermediate between historical truth and outright fantasy.

Robert Bailey Robeson, otherwise Montana Bill, was a sharpshooter, cowboy actor, and aspiring Wild West showman. He was also a long-time resident of Glasgow, Scotland, from around the end of the 19th century until 1919, when he abruptly vanished, leaving a string of illegitimate children and aliases in his wake.

According to a self-composed resumé of his life story, he was a mixed-blood Oglala, born in January 1855, his mother a daughter of Chief Rain in the Face. After a series of remarkable frontier adventures, Montana Bill eventually enlisted in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West as a sharpshooting act and Indian interpreter. This new vocation brought him to Great Britain, where, when Cody returned to the States in the autumn of 1892, our hero transferred his services to Mexican Joe.

Can this astonishing personal history or any part of it be substantiated? Judge for yourself but be prepared for more than one sting in the tale...

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Great Britain