This work of prose and poetry is an exploration of history, hobby, and memoir focused
on the state of Indiana. While many, even those born and raised there, consider Indiana a cultural waste land, this thesis reflects on the rich, if tragic, past of Indiana, and shows something of today’s life for rural Hoosiers. Braiding events, people, and muzzleloading, it presents a vision of Indiana that highlights its animals, land, food, and family. Most concerned with the central and southern regions of the state, the thesis hopes to remind those who may be ashamed of their Hoosier heritage that they have much to take pride in. With a slight emphasis on an older generation’s vernacular, and ranging from straight prose to fixed form poetry, the thesis offers a window onto life lived in the Indiana countryside, acknowledging highs and lows learned about not only from books but from old Hoosiers.