Three strangers strike up a conversation in the airport passenger lounge
in Cheyenne, Wyoming, awaiting their flights.
One is an American Indian passing through from Lame Deer. Another is a Cowboy on his way to Billings for a livestock show and the third passenger is a fundamentalist Arab student,newly arrived at the University of Wyoming from the Middle East.
Their discussion drifts to their diverse cultures.
Soon the two Westerners learn that the Arab is a devout, radical Muslim
and the conversation falls into an uneasy lull.
The cowboy leans back in his chair, crosses his boots on a magazine table and tips his big sweat-stained hat forward over his face. The wind outside is blowing tumbleweeds around,and the old windsock is flapping; but still no plane comes.
Finally, the American Indian clears his throat and softly speaks, "At one
time here, my people were many, but sadly, now we are few."
The Muslim student raises an eyebrow and leans forward, "Once my people
were few," he sneers, "but now we are many. Why do you suppose that is?"
The Wyoming cowboy shifts his toothpick to one side of his mouth and from
the darkness beneath his Stetson says in a drawl, "That's 'cause we ain't
played Cowboys and Muslims yet, but I do believe it's a-comin'."