LaVerne Reynolds Zediker (1919–1996)

I was what they called a real good cowgirl
  • Jane Wehrey
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


The real West and the mythic West are “engaged in a constant conversation,” says historian Richard White; “each influences the other.”1 LaVerne Zediker joins that conversation with these recollections of growing up on a ranch near Manzanar and working in the family stock-raising business. It was work she loved, she explained to interviewer Richard Potashin in 1993. Cattle drives and the backcountry packing outfit she owned with her husband took her into the high meadows of the Sierra, and the movie companies filming Westerns at the ranch near Lone Pine brought her behind the scenes in the making of a mythic West, where real cowboys rubbed elbows with the actors who played them.


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  1. 3.
    See Teresa Jordan, Cowgirls: Women of the American West (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1992), xxiii–xxxivGoogle Scholar
  2. 5.
    D. W Meinig, The Interpretation of Ordinary landscapes (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979), 164.Google Scholar
  3. 6.
    Kenneth Turan, Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002), 144.Google Scholar

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