Saturday, December 4, 2010

John Wayne is coming

After many months of negotiation with John Wayne Enterprises of Newport Beach, CA, we have been granted a license to create metal art images such as the light sconce shown here.

We are starting to build the collection and as soon as possible we will add the pieces on our website with prices that also reflect the contribution we are making to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

This effort started because one of our principals, Jim Watson, used to play chess with Wayne way back in the '60's while on the set of the movies John Wayne was making here in Tucson.

We will try very hard to make top quality works that you fans of this great American can be proud to own.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


In 1830, President Andrew Jackson forced a new piece of legislation through Congress called the "Indian Removal Act" of which the very large and powerful Cherokee nation was the target. The legislation called for all Native-American tribes to give up their lands east of the Mississippi in exchange for lands to the west. Jackson said that this was for the tribe's protection, but there was an ulterior motive - Euro-Americans settlers were anxious to take over their land, particularly in Northern Georgia where gold had been discovered. A number of Indian nations made attempts at non-violent resistance, but eventually felt that this was an inevitable removal and that there was no way to stop the federal government.

The Cherokee Nation of 22,000 citizens, based in Georgia, the Carolinas and Eastern Tennessee, decided to take their protest all the way to the Supreme Court. Considered one of the "civilized" tribes of the Southeast, they had adopted Euro-American practices of large-scale farming, Western education, slave-holding, and even published an English language newspaper. The Supreme Court sided with the Cherokee, saying that they had a constitutional right to stay in their ancestral land. In the end, President Jackson refused to enforce the law.

In 1838, the federal government sent in troops, who forced the Cherokees into stockades at bayonet point. They were not allowed time to gather their belongings and their homes were looted. It was then they began the forced thousand-mile march to an area in present-day Oklahoma. Over 4,000 out of 16,000 Cherokee people died of cold, hunger, exhaustion and disease. The Cherokee people call this journey the "Trail of Tears," - a journey that saw more people die than perished in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Cherokee Nation Today

Today the Cherokee Nation is the second largest Indian tribe in the nation. There are more than 280,000 tribal members, 70,000 of which reside in the 7,000 square miles of the Cherokee Nation. Soon after the Cherokee arrival, they transformed the area, creating a progressive court and education system with a literacy rate higher than the rest of the U.S. Many white settlements took advantage of their superior schools, and paid tuition to have their children attend the Cherokee schools. Oklahoma grew up around the nations of the Indian Territory, and that influence can be seen today.

Tahlequah - home today to the Cherokee Nation, is located in the heart of the Oklahoma's Green Country, an area of rolling pastoral hills and more than half of the state's parks and lakes. The area's attractions give visitors an inside look at the Cherokee way of life, both past and present. The Cherokee Heritage Center tells the story of this amazing tribe. The Center was built on the original site of the Cherokee National Female Seminary. Offering exhibits, cultural workshops and events, the center includes the Adams Corner Rural Village, Cherokee Family Research Center and Cherokee National Archives. The Cherokee National Museum houses a special exhibit gallery, two Native American art shows, and the award-winning Trail of Tears interpretive exhibition - an experience that will stir you to the depths of your soul. Ancient Village features replicas of traditional homes from the time of intense cultural transformation. Guides and villagers demonstrate traditional Cherokee crafts as basketry, pottery, field games and blow guns. The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is the oldest government building in Oklahoma. Today, both the Supreme and District Courts still hold sessions here.

For further information on visiting the Cherokee Nation visit:

From: "High Noon Smoke Signals"

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Corley Winery News

Chris Corley and President George H.W. Bush (left to right)

“The Culture of Wine” – The Original Monticello Press (1981-2006)

“The Culture of Wine” – The Original Monticello Lab (1981-2009)

February 11th, 2010
Posted By : Chris Corley

This past weekend, we flew out to College Station, TX to host a series of wine events at the George H.W. Presidential Library and Museum. Mark Burns, a family friend and wine broker for Monticello, has recently put together a fantastic wine exhibit which is on display at the library. It’s called “The Culture of Wine”, and represents the California / Napa Valley wine industry in the 1980s, shortly after the famous 1976 Paris Tasting that put California, and specifically Napa Valley, on the global stage in terms of winemaking excellence

We donated a lot of equipment to the exhibit, which Mark painstakingly refurbished to be put on display. The press in the exhibit is the actual Bucher RPM250 that we used at Monticello from 1981 until 2006, when we replaced it with a current model. I’ve spent the better part of 15-16 years crawling around in that press, pulling seeds and grapeskins out of my beard and hair. I hardly recognized it after Mark had spent so much time preparing it for the show. The lab equipment, the pumps, and even some of the grapevines in the show are the real deal from Monticello. We’re very proud of what Mark Burns accomplished with this exhibit and are proud to have been able to contribute to his efforts. You can see more of the exhibit, including video and photos at

We had a couple of opportunities to host seminars as well. On Thursday evening, I had the wonderful experience of addressing a group in the auditorium at the Library. In addition to the general audience in attendance, we had faculty and students from Texas A&M University that joined us for the evening. I particularly enjoyed speaking to and with the staff and students from the Viticulture/Enology and Mechanical Engineering departments. As I never really went to college, the irony of me speaking to a ‘degreed’ group of teachers and students was not lost on me.

On Friday morning, we had a really great experience in visiting President George H.W. Bush in his private offices in Houston. After checking in with the Secret Service (they didn’t even make me check my beard at the door!) we toured his private offices and visited with his staff and then visited with the President for about a half-hour in his private office. It was an absolute honor to spend personal time with the President. He even gave us a Presidential seal of approval on the wine that we had blended specifically for his Library and Museum foundation – the 2006 Monticello Vineyards Presidential Red Wine – Bush Library Designation. The 2006 PresRed is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and was tasting great throughout the weekend in my unbiased opinion.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

News from High Noon

HighNoon WesternAmericana sent a message to the members of High Noon Cowboys and Cowgirls.

HighNoon WesternAmericanaJune 13, 2010 at 9:08am
Subject: 11 days 'til Denver's 3-Day Shopping Event
We hope you are all coming to Denver June 25-27 for Brian Lebel's Old West SHOW and AUCTION. All of us Western collectors and shoppers will be there.

If you love horses, western style, Indian and cowboy art and artifacts and especially Roy Rogers, be sure to check out the website:; for details.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Products--Sports

These are new ideas from our factory here in Tucson. They are not old west like most of our items but they are made here, so I will include them on our web site. If I can get them licensed by the MLB they will sell in every baseball franchise in the USA. These are only two of the many we hope to produce.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Saguaro Cactus of the Southwest

The state flower of Arizona is the saguaro cactus flower.

The biggest saguaros are about 200 years old. They have more than 50 arms. Saguaros can grow to over 50 feet tall, but they are not the largest in the world. There are about 50 varieties of tree-like cacti found in the desert and some of them in Mexico and South America are even taller than the saguaro.The biggest saguaros are about 200 years old. They have more than 50 arms. Saguaros can grow to over 50 feet tall, but they are not the largest in the world. There are about 50 varieties of tree-like cacti found in the desert and some of them in Mexico and South America are even taller than the saguaro.

A saguaro's arms usually begin to grow only after it is about 15 feet tall and around 75 years old.
The saguaro is found only in the Sonoran Desert, which includes about 120,000 square miles of California and Arizona. Most of Baja California and half of the state of Sonora, Mexico is also included. You won't find saguaros above an elevation of about 3,500 feet since they can't handle much frost.

Saguaro is an Indian word. The correct pronunciation is "sah-wah-ro" or "suh-wah-ro." The formal name is Carnegiea gigantea. It is named for Andrew Carnegie.
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Indian Spirit Guide

This is an Indian Spirit Head metal wall decoration as seen on our web site. This one has an eagle under the wolf; can you see it ?!
Spirits have a special place in Indian culture. I have found an extensive list which is worth a look and includes the two shown here.
I had no idea how much thought has gone into these.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

History of the rodeo bull

This site is for those who want to know the amazing history and current state of this very specialized breed of bull.

A Tucson artist of note

Check out this talented lady @
for some very nice artwork. The site is offering 25% discounts until February 15 2010.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Artists of Tucson

Hi western lovers ! In the coming days I am going to add information on some of the many great artist's websites for our local talent. I am not sure why we have so many good ones here but we do. We even had 20 artists come to Tucson from Paris, France, in November, for 10 days. It was organized by my friend Hana Ripp, in an exchange which will send 10-20 of our's to Paris next year.

Also I have a great site for you all to check out that I found on Face Book:
It has great articles and schedule of coming events for Southwestern Lore.