Johnny Kaw shaped Kansas' landscape with his oversized scythe. Lonesome cowboys first sited the mythical Jackalope while riding the range. This lecture will explore the roadside monuments devoted to our fantastical legends, from the Sasquatch of Washington to the Hodag of Wisconsin and the many commemorations of Paul Bunyan around the country. Our legends reflect our culture, growing out of geographically specific lore, while engaging in a favorite American pastime of Tall Tale telling. This presentation examines the origins of the legends, the people who crafted them, and how they reflect the regions they inhabit.
Sponsored by: Seward County Community College Library.
Funded project of the Kansas Humanities Council. The Kansas Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.