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Indian Trails

Created by radio producer Robert E. Callahan to showcase a positive vision on Native Americans.

20 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 4 hours, 41 min)
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1930s Indian Postcard

For many years, it was a common belief in the East that there could not be cowboys without Indians, and vice versa. This misconception can be forgiven when we consider the awesome power of Hollywood to create and perpetuate myth.

The cowboy has stood as a noble figure of independence and integrity, a symbol of the American Frontier who embodies everything that makes this country great. The fact that cowboys were actually agricultural workers doing what they could to get their crop to market is usually conveniently forgotten.

When you building a heroic legend like our image of the cowboy, it helps to have a convenient villain to pit him against. The peoples who inhabited the North American continent were pulled into service as an easy villain, even though their supposed bloodthirsty reputation was even more fictitious than the Cowboy myth.

1930s cowboy bootsDuring the 1930's, Los Angeles radio producer Robert E. Callahan decided to begin repairing the Indian's unfairly tarnished reputation. Beginning on KTM in 1930, Callahan began broadcasting Indian Village on Sunday mornings. Over the years the program moved through several different timeslots, formats, stations and even titles. In 1931, for example, the show was Indian Stories on the Warner Studio's station KFWB. The Lone Indian, Lone Indian Theater and Indian Theater – Santa Fe Trail were all used in the local radio guides at different times.

Through all of the different titles, Callahan managed to keep the show with the same basic formula. Callahan himself acted as narrator in the character of "The Old Trapper". In each episode, the Old Trapper comes across somebody, usually a young somebody, who is either deathly afraid of those savage Indians, or else who thinks it is their duty to go out and shoot as many "redskins" as possible. Then he would correct the young person's misconceptions by teaching some "Indian words", telling a story or two about real Indians, and present a few Indian songs and music.

In its own way, the vision of the Noble Savage that Callahan was presenting was as inaccurate as the movie stereotype of the blood thirsty savage. One example is the Old Trapper's insistence that he is able to "speak Indian". There is no such thing as "speaking Indian" because there were thousands of languages used in North America before European contact.

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  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    20 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 41 min
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      20 shows - total playtime 4 hours 41 minutes
      1. Indian Trails 370000 002 Apache B7378 111 Audition Disc.mp3
      2. Indian Trails 370000 Apache Indians 79 Audition Disc.mp3
      3. Indian Trails 370000 Apache Trail B6554 21.mp3
      4. Indian Trails 370000 Bear Dance 8187 83.mp3
      5. Indian Trails 370000 Black Hills 8177 80.mp3
      6. Indian Trails 370000 Canoe Makers B6529 136.mp3
      7. Indian Trails 370000 Canoe Makers B6529 87.mp3
      8. Indian Trails 370000 Chief Little Crow B6394 75.mp3
      9. Indian Trails 370000 Indian Homes B6530 86.mp3
      10. Indian Trails 370000 Lone Wolf 8167 85.mp3
      11. Indian Trails 370000 Santa Fe Trail 8197 09.mp3
      12. Indian Trails 370000 Snake Dance Audition Disc 37.mp3
      13. Indian Trails 370000 Snake Dance Bb6409 102.mp3
      14. Indian Trails 370000 Two Orphan Children B8467 130.mp3
      15. Indian Trails 370000 Two Orphans B7376 76 Audition Disc.mp3
      16. Indian Trails 370000 Village Of Sky B6421 20.mp3
      17. Indian Trails 370124 Indian Horse Race Kmtr Air Check 25.mp3
      18. Indian Trails 370131 Kmtr Air Check Pt1 10.mp3
      19. Indian Trails 370207 Social Dance Kmtr Air Check Pt1 11.mp3
      20. Indian Trails 371010 Black Hills Red Hawk 8177 26.mp3
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    20 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 41 min
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      20 shows - total playtime 4 hours 41 minutes
      1. Indian Trails 370000 002 Apache B7378 111 Audition Disc.mp3
      2. Indian Trails 370000 Apache Indians 79 Audition Disc.mp3
      3. Indian Trails 370000 Apache Trail B6554 21.mp3
      4. Indian Trails 370000 Bear Dance 8187 83.mp3
      5. Indian Trails 370000 Black Hills 8177 80.mp3
      6. Indian Trails 370000 Canoe Makers B6529 136.mp3
      7. Indian Trails 370000 Canoe Makers B6529 87.mp3
      8. Indian Trails 370000 Chief Little Crow B6394 75.mp3
      9. Indian Trails 370000 Indian Homes B6530 86.mp3
      10. Indian Trails 370000 Lone Wolf 8167 85.mp3
      11. Indian Trails 370000 Santa Fe Trail 8197 09.mp3
      12. Indian Trails 370000 Snake Dance Audition Disc 37.mp3
      13. Indian Trails 370000 Snake Dance Bb6409 102.mp3
      14. Indian Trails 370000 Two Orphan Children B8467 130.mp3
      15. Indian Trails 370000 Two Orphans B7376 76 Audition Disc.mp3
      16. Indian Trails 370000 Village Of Sky B6421 20.mp3
      17. Indian Trails 370124 Indian Horse Race Kmtr Air Check 25.mp3
      18. Indian Trails 370131 Kmtr Air Check Pt1 10.mp3
      19. Indian Trails 370207 Social Dance Kmtr Air Check Pt1 11.mp3
      20. Indian Trails 371010 Black Hills Red Hawk 8177 26.mp3
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    20 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 41 min

    Indian Trails Disc A001

    1. Indian Trails 370000 002 Apache B7378 111 Audition Disc
    2. Indian Trails 370000 Apache Indians 79 Audition Disc
    3. Indian Trails 370000 Apache Trail B6554 21
    4. Indian Trails 370000 Bear Dance 8187 83
    5. Indian Trails 370000 Black Hills 8177 80

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    Indian Trails Disc A002

    1. Indian Trails 370000 Canoe Makers B6529 136
    2. Indian Trails 370000 Canoe Makers B6529 87
    3. Indian Trails 370000 Chief Little Crow B6394 75
    4. Indian Trails 370000 Indian Homes B6530 86

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    Indian Trails Disc A003

    1. Indian Trails 370000 Lone Wolf 8167 85
    2. Indian Trails 370000 Santa Fe Trail 8197 09
    3. Indian Trails 370000 Snake Dance Audition Disc 37
    4. Indian Trails 370000 Snake Dance Bb6409 102
    5. Indian Trails 370000 Two Orphan Children B8467 130

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    Indian Trails Disc A004

    1. Indian Trails 370000 Two Orphans B7376 76 Audition Disc
    2. Indian Trails 370000 Village Of Sky B6421 20
    3. Indian Trails 370124 Indian Horse Race Kmtr Air Check 25
    4. Indian Trails 370131 Kmtr Air Check Pt1 10

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    Indian Trails Disc A005

    1. Indian Trails 370207 Social Dance Kmtr Air Check Pt1 11
    2. Indian Trails 371010 Black Hills Red Hawk 8177 26

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