"During the Dirty 30s as we called it, we used to cut thistles and put up for cow feed because you couldn’t raise any feed for them. And my dad and I used to go up to the creek and cut silk weeds and get the good part out of it and the cows liked it, just like it was cake. They really did eat it good. But that was a lot of work, getting enough to feed very many," James Gourley.
In October and November of 2009, SECORHT conducted three interviews of people who lived through the Dust Bowl in Baca County. Click here to read the full interview with James Gourley, read the Mary May Gourley Interview, the Mildred Stolebarger Interview, or click here to watch the podcast that was created out of the three interviews.
"There are two images you could find with Charles “Charlie” Little Coyote. The first is the one of an Indian man in full ceremonial regalia with feathered bonnet, beads around his neck, fringed buckskins and moccasins and holding sacred eagle feathers as a scepter of office. A figure head to his people and to visitors at Medicine Lodge, Kansas during their triennial celebration of the 1867 treaty. The second image is that of a humble, smiling man, soft-spoken, with a face of years, experiences and service, donning a baseball cap that silently proclaims his service as a man, as a Native American Veteran of the Marines or of the United States Navy. Chief Charles Little Coyote of the Cheyenne chiefs’ Council of Forty-Four, U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and Marine Corps veteran of Korea, horse breaker, wild west show rider and pitcher, has served as a chief for about fourteen years" (Jeff C. Campbell).
In April of 2008, Chief Little Coyote met with Jeff Campbell and spoke about his life experiences, becoming a chief, and the Cheyenne future. If you would like to read the interview, please click the link below.