“Staging the West” is set in Germany where “Indianer(s)” reenact Native American dress and customs and performers stage large theatrical productions of Western stories from German popular fiction writer Karl May (1842 – 1912). May had seen Buffalo’s Bill’s Wild West show in Dresden and thereafter fashioned himself after the famous frontiersman, complete with a fringed buckskin jacket and wide-brimmed hat. He wrote adventure novels set in the old American West he claimed were from first-hand experiences. Today these stories are told in open-air re-enactments reminiscent of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.
2012 - 2013