This land is my land... this land was your land, in the past, but we divided it up for all the immigrants from europe in the 19th century. There are chapters in History books called "Westward Expansion" while the narrative is one of assimilation and genocide for Native Peoples. The massacres are overlooked. Abraham Lincoln's hanging of the Sioux Warriors is overlooked.
The west was fenced to keep the cows in, the buffalo were killed to destroy the Native way of life, killed by the millions. In the 1840s Randolf Marcy called the west the Great American Desert, unfit for habitation. The last part of the world to be settled, these Great Plains of ours. The railroads came in as destroyers to bring the immigrants into this empty land. They were brought in to form that connection, that Manifest Destiny? But whose destiny?
"Jesus Says Keep Out" - I love this photo, the three crosses, indicating Christianity and the persecution suffered by one to save the world, while this religion was used as a tool to steal land, enslave and murder. Where in the Bible does it say "Thou Shalt Put Up Fences on the land." Whenever I see something amazing on someone's property that I want to shoot, my initial impulse is to jump the fence and go do what I like. Mainly because my intent is not to harm someone's landscape or poach their animals. I just want to walk on the land, to feel it under my feet. To get the "shot" from a new perspective. If you own land, I want you to realize that you don't. No one can possibly truly own land. Fee Simple doesnt' mean anything if the government fails. Land ownership is meaningless in war or tragedy. It is a beautiful lie we tell ourselves, isn't it?
Watch them in zoos, behind fences... just watch them. But remember why we have fences. Because... we like to eat them. Omnivores and all that nonsense...
This area is known for the Chisholm Trail, beef driven north. Put behind fences for steak. I like steak. I like steak a lot. In fact I have no issues with beef. The noble cow sacrificing itself to be a slab of tasty goodness on my plate.