DOI

10.17077/etd.34m0-58x8

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Summer 2019

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Film and Video Production

First Advisor

Gibisser, Mike

First Committee Member

Stratman, Deborah

Second Committee Member

Harris, Christopher

Abstract

Since its inception in 1897, the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors to Wyoming for a 10-day celebration of "Western roots," culminating in the world's largest outdoor rodeo nicknamed "The Daddy of 'Em All." Shot during the 2018 Frontier Days, Daddy of 'Em All tracks the proliferation of settler colonial narratives that the event seeks to ossify through its signs, symbols, and sets. Through dislocated images and interviews with past and present Frontier Days volunteers and attendees including my mother, a then-resident of Cheyenne, the film grapples with heritage, ideology, violence, and borders in a time of growing nationalism.

Pages

iv, 28 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 28).

Copyright

Copyright © 2019 Traci Hercher

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