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(Jenna Stocker, Right Edition)
The frontier created the living myth we should not only defend but hold up as our ideal, a high moral bar that few can master.
In my home, I have a framed reproduction of Henry W. Hansen’s 1900 painting, “Questionable Companions.” My copy was originally housed in my maternal grandparent’s home, a small, converted cabin nestled amidst the poplars and pine trees on a small lake in north-central Minnesota.
On those rainy days at the lake, when my brothers and I were confined to the house instead of running half-naked through the woods or swimming as far offshore as we dared, I remember looking at that picture and imagining the conversation between the cavalryman and the Indian were having, walking through the faint desert trail…