March 15, 2014

This Land Magazine

In this issue, we boldly go into stories of outlaws, gangs, movie stars, artists (Indian and otherwise), long walks, and journeys near and far.

TO BOLDLY GO: An Oklahoman bought a half-built Star Trek set in Texas, rebuilt it, and moved it to Oklahoma City, where its air-powered sliding doors are open to fan filmmakers and photographers. By Samuel Annis.

OUTLAW ON THE BIG SCREEN: Nip Vann was a Western actor whose career could have rivaled that of Tom Mix. He could have been a star—if only he hadn’t killed that cop in Caney. By Andy Taylor.

THE RUSTY BROTHERHOOD: While preparing for a documentary on the subject, Alberto Fuguet traveled to Tulsa searching for fans impacted by Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish. He found them, instead, in Chile.

CONFIDENCE IN CULTURE: The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, 20 years in the making, exemplifies a movement by Native American tribes to build the cultural machinery to tell the world their stories. By James McGirk.

GO HOME, GRANDMA: In 1955, 67-year-old Emma Gatewood became the first woman to walk all 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail by herself. It was her second attempt; the first nearly killed her. By Ben Montgomery.

DRIVEWAY: Ron Padgett comes home—in this poem, and for the launch of his new book.

ORIGINAL OKIE: Kristen Vails is the executive director of the Plaza District in Oklahoma City. Raised in Piedmont, Oklahoma, she’s a painter who’s exhibited in galleries across Oklahoma. 

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