Once upon a time in Western Europe: The story of a continental cowboy and Indian

Silverado in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Michele Ernsting discovers that there are dozens of country and western shops which have opened up in the Netherlands in the past few years. The Netherlands is an urbanised and regulated country, yet thousands of Dutch people hanker for the freedom of the Wild West. How do they go about recreating it? Does the imitation in any way resemble the real Wild West or is this a folk fantasy? The trend raises questions about new age spirituality and fellowship.

Producer: Michele Ernsting

Broadcast: November 12, 1999