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This is an additional page of coverage of the Western Folklife Center's 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

See page 1 here, which includes an index of pages.

 

Visit the Western Folklife Center web site for archived webcasts of events,  audio and video coverage, and more.

 


Western Folklife Center News, January 27, 2007

Western Folklife Center Media Release, January 16, 2007 

Western Folklife Center Media Release, January 3, 2007 

Western Folklife Center Media Release, December 15, 2006

Western Folklife Center Media Release, November 28, 2006

New Podcasts, November 15, 2006

Western Folklife Center Media Release, September 23, 2006


News, January 27, 2007

 

The 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Online

 

January 27 to                February 3, 2007

Whether or not you are joining us for the 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 27 to February 3, you can still participate in the fun online through our website. We will once again broadcast several of the Gathering performances in our cybercast, and we'll also be showing behind-the-scenes video of the Gathering on our website as well as on YouTube. You can look at photos of the event in our Flickr photo gallery and share in conversations with artists and each other in our online journals and story forums. Here's a look at what we'll be doing online before, during and after the Gathering.

 

Watch Gathering Videos on our Website and YouTube

Join the Conversations in our Story Forums

Post Your Gathering Photos in our Flickr Web Gallery

Listen to Online Artists as They Gather to Share Their Work

Listen to our Podcasts

23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 27 to February 3, 2007

Learn more on our website at www.westernfolklife.org.

 

 

Watch Gathering Videos on our Website and YouTube

Wylie Gustafon on stage at the 2005 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Photo by Jessica Brandi LIfland.

Starting Thursday, February 1, during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, teams of Gathering staff with video cameras and mics will be shooting the activity behind the scenes. They'll be asking folks about their experiences at the Gathering and collecting stories. Each night these experienced videographers will edit what they shot during the day into short films that we will upload each night onto our website and the video website YouTube.com (You can watch our promo video on YouTube now). Each day we will play these films, along with our video cybercast of performances, in the lobby of the Elko Convention Center and on our computer in the Wiegand Gallery at the Western Folklife Center. The cybercast begins on Wednesday, January 31 at 7 pm.

 

Join the Conversations in our Story Forums

Author Richard Louv as a child on his pony.

Our online Story Forums seek to encourage conversation and storytelling among our audience members, artists and others. We have several interesting topics for you to respond to, all related to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.   

Share your Gathering Experiences
The magic of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering happens in those moments when we are touched by a poem or song, when we make a friend or learn something new. We'd like to hear about these and other experiences you've had at this 23rd Gathering. Or, if you were unable to make it this year, please share your previous Gathering experiences.

Forces of Nature
In his essay in the Gathering Program, Keynote Speaker Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin), spoke of the Osage orange trees at the woods' edge he climbed as a child, and of the immediate and lasting effects of his childhood experiences with nature. He says, "The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses." What were your childhood experiences with nature? How have they nurtured and shaped who you are and what you care about?

Here's Mud in Your Eye
During the Gathering, we will host an evening of fellowship when we will share toasts and commemorative poetry, Wednesday, January 31, from 8:30 to 10:00 pm in the Pioneer Saloon. Do you have a favorite toast that you share with friends to kick off a good meal? Have you ever written a poem or story to commemorate an important event in your life or a person you care about? We'd like to celebrate good moments and outstanding friendships, and we'd like you to join us either in person, online in our Story Forums, or both.

Making West Home
On Saturday, February 3, we will host a discussion on what it means to be a westerner with Wally McRae, Joel Nelson, Doris Daley and Henry Real Bird. We'd like you to share your thoughts with us. How have you and your family made the American West your home? What does "being western" mean to you? How do you see living in the West as different from living in the East?

Postcards from the Road
Getting to Elko at the end of January can sometimes be harrowing, but it is always an adventure, filled with anticipation of reunions with friends and of the particular experience that is "Elko." We asked artists to send us postcards as they prepare for the Gathering, but we'd like to know what you are thinking as you anticipate your trip, and what your journey entails.

Gathering Cybercast
If you've watched or listened to our cybercast of performances in the Elko Convention Center auditorium, please tell us about your experiences.

 

Post Your Gathering Photos in our Flickr Web Gallery
Cowboy poets and musicians at the 20th anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2004. Photo by Bruce Hucko.

We've set up a group in Yahoo's online photo sharing website "Flickr," so that you can post your own photos of the Gathering and share them with others. Here's how you post your photos:

1) Go to www.flickr.com.

2) Sign in as a new user. If you already have a Yahoo account, you will be prompted for your username and password.

3) Go to the Groups section using the link at the top of the page. In Groups search for 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Join this group.

4) Return to the Flickr home page and click on upload photo. Follow the directions to upload a photo. Be sure you make it public so that everyone can see it.

5) Once it's loaded, open up your photo and click on the "Send to Group" link between the photo title and the photo itself. Choose the group you want to send it to -- 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering -- and you're done.

 

Listen to Online Artists as They Gather to Share Their Work

Online artists John and Robbin Dofflemyer

The online artists who have been contributing original creative work to the online journals on our website are coming together at the 2007 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to share their online work and to talk about their reflections and writing. Join us on Saturday from 2:15 to 3:45 pm in the Western Folklife Center's G Three Bar Theater for a special program featuring the work of John & Robbin Dofflemyer, Paul Zarzyski, Pat & Sharon O'Toole, Robin Boies, Gail Steiger, Carolyn Dufurrena, Linda Dufurrena and more.

Share your own experiences with these online artists in their journals. They encourage you to comment in reponse to what they've written. So don't be shy!

 

Listen to our Podcasts

Wally McRae in the early days of the Gathering.

We recently launched Live From Elko, Podcasts produced by the Western Folklife Center Archives. Approximately every two weeks we release a new audio segment that features cowboy poetry and music drawn from hundreds of hours of performances recorded over the years at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, as well as from interviews with artists and from recordings of other Western Folklife Center events.

Podcasting, also called "Audio on Demand," is a digital file (in our case, an MP3 audio file) that you can either listen to on our website or download for free to an MP3 player, such as an iPod, through a media player like iTunes. What makes a podcast unique is that you can subscribe to it through a number of media players such as iTunes, Yahoo Podcasts or Odeo. If you subscribe, each new installment will automatically download to your media player. The series can be found on our website as can be instructions on how to subscribe to the Podcasts.

So far, we've released podcasts of Joel Nelson, Glenn Ohrlin, Sourdough Slim, Wally McRae and many others. We are also auctioning an iPod Nano loaded with all of our Podcasts at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Silent Auction. 

 


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Media release, January 16, 2007

 


Exhibits Showcase Cowboy Cultures of the Great Basin and Southern France

Elko -  For the 23rd  National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 27 to February 3, the Western Folklife Center will present two exhibitions: Gardians of the Camargue: The French Buckaroo Tradition (January 27 to June 30, 2007) and Buckaroo! The Hispanic Heritage of the High Desert (January 27, 2007 to December 31, 2009). These exhibits will hang in the Western Folklife Center's newly renovated Wiegand Gallery, an exciting new space featuring interactive exhibits and multi-media presentations. The new Wiegand Gallery was funded in large part by the the E.L. Wiegand Foundation. The balance of the cost of the renovation was provided by the Nevada Commission for Cultural Affairs and individual contributions. Prescott Muir Architects of Salt Lake City, Utah, designed the new Wiegand Gallery space. The Gallery will house both semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions drawing on the Folklife Center's own collections as well as traveling exhibitions.

Gardians of the Camargue: The French Buckaroo Tradition is curated by Lorraine d'Entremont Rawls with interpretive assistance from Guy de Galard, and provides a revealing view of an ancient way of life still maintained in the Camargue region of southern France. Lorraine d'Entremont Rawls, photographer Kevin Martini-Fuller and filmmaker Gail Steiger traveled to this area over the past five years to visit ranches and meet with gardians (cowboys) to learn about this occupational culture and its relationship to other horseback cultures worldwide. Lorraine's pursuit has culminated in the production of this traveling exhibition featuring the black and white photographic work of Kevin Martini-Fuller, the color photography of Lorraine d'Entremont Rawls, the interpretive paintings of Karen Foster-Wells, tools and clothing unique to the Camargue and the traditional poetry of Provence. Visitors can also view video footage of traditional gardian activities shot and edited by Gail Steiger.

Buckaroo! The Hispanic Heritage of the High Desert is a tale that began far from this landscape of rimrock and sagebrush. Distinguished by regional customs of horsemanship, language, and style of dress, buckaroos are a society within their desert communities of eastern California, northern Nevada, southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon. Their story has evolved across 700 years and three continents. This exhibit, re-installed in our new Wiegand Gallery, was produced by the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and curated by Robert Boyd, the museum's Western History Curator. Through this unique collection of artifacts and photography, including the striking photography of Kurt Markus and Charles A. Blakeslee, visitors have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the buckaroo way of life.

In addition to the exhibits in the new Wiegand Gallery, the Western Folklife Center will also present the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Student Art Show (January 22 to March 30, 2007, in the G Three Bar Theater. This installation of Elko County student artwork showcases the talents of students from kindergarten through high school. This year's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering theme, The Ranch, has inspired a wide range of creative expression, from plaster masks to photography to drawings and collages.

An opening reception and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, February 1, at 3:30 pm for Western Folklife Center members and stakeholders and at 4:30 pm for the general public.

In addition to these exhibits, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will feature performances by more than 60 poets, musicians and musical groups, including new faces and returning favorites. Workshops, films, lectures, ranch dances and late-night jam sessions, all contribute to the depth and richness of this one-of-a-kind event. The Elko Gathering is the first and largest of numerous cowboy poetry gatherings across the country. Produced by the Western Folklife Center, its purpose is to present and preserve the contemporary and traditional arts created by people living close to the land in the American West. Poetry, music, stories, handcrafted gear, film, photography, food - have helped make this event an annual ritual for thousands of people who value and practice the artistic traditions of the region, and are concerned about the present and future of the West.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering took place in 1985 and quickly became the go-to event celebrating the contemporary West. Over the last 22 years, the Elko Gathering has reinvigorated a tradition that never ceased to be a part of the lives of cowboys, ranchers and rural westerners. In 2000, the U.S. Senate recognized the cultural value of this tradition and the event responsible for its renaissance when it passed a resolution naming the Elko Gathering the "National" Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

For more information about exhibits, performances and workshops at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, please refer to the Western Folklife Center website at www.westernfolklife.org

Special thanks to the Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities, Nevada Commission on Tourism, Elko County Recreation Board, Wallace Foundation, MetLife Foundation, International Game Technology, and Wells Fargo Bank.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West

 

 

Media release, January 3, 2007

 

National Heritage Fellows Featured at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering


Prestigious Award Given to Master Traditional Artists in Recognition of Achievements



Elko -  Each year the Western Folklife Center welcomes recipients of the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. Four Heritage Fellows will perform at the 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 27 to February 3, 2007 in Elko, Nevada. Swing fiddler Johnny Gimble, poet Wallace McRae, musician and storyteller Glenn Ohrlin and Basque poets Martin Goicoechea and Jesus Goņi are coming to Elko and will perform together Saturday, February 3, at 11:00 am in the Elko Convention Center Auditorium.

The National Heritage Fellowships are awarded to master folk and traditional artists in recognition of lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage. Nominees must be worthy of national recognition and have a record of continuing artistic accomplishment.

Johnny Gimble is the embodiment of the Texas swing legacy. He is best known for his work with Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys, but he has also recorded with Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Rodriquez, Connie Smith, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Joan Baez and Paul McCartney and Wings. In addition to his 1994 National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA, Gimble has won two Grammy awards and been named instrumentalist of the year by the Country Music Association four times and Fiddler of the Year by The Academy of Country Music eight times.

Johnny Gimble will appear at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering with his son Dick and granddaughter Emily. Joining the Gimbles on steel guitar is Bobby Koefer, who also played with Bob Wills and received many awards for his unique style of playing. Rounding out the band is guitarist Kenny Frazier and Joe Bullock on drums.

Glenn Ohrlin left home at age 16 to become a rodeo bronco rider in Nevada. He worked as a ranch hand and rode the rodeo circuit for a number of years. Today, he ranches and runs a cow outfit in the Ozark hills near Mountain View, Arkansas. Ohrlin has spent a lifetime absorbing cowboy lore and traditions. He is a superb teller of tall tales, and an illustrator who draws cowboys and their paraphernalia with loving attention and detail. He is best known, however, as a collector and performer of cowboy songs, range ballads, stories, and poems, and has authored a book called The Hell-Bound Train - A Cowboy's Songbook. Ohrlin has an immensely varied and extensive repertoire. He sings in a laconic, unadorned style accompanied by a simple rhythm guitar technique; in performance, he mixes his music with storytelling and classic recitations. His humorous performances have made him a favorite at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering each year. Ohrlin, who recently turned 80, received his National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA in 1985.

Wallace McRae is a third-generation Montana rancher and president of the Rocker Six Cattle Company, a family ranch in Rosebud County. He's been reciting poetry since he was four years old and began writing poetry and prose to record the value, humor and plight of the cowboy occupation; and he leaves no subject uncovered. McRae is a founding member of the "Coal and Cattle Country Players" theater group in his hometown of Colstrip, Montana, and has been involved in many of the group's productions. He has attended the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering every year since its inception in 1985. In addition to the National Heritage Fellowship, which he received in 1990, McRae has received the Governor's Award for the Arts in Montana and was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the National Council of the Arts in 1996. Most recently, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Montana State University. McRae also serves on the Western Folklife Center's Board of Trustees.

Martin Goicoechea and Jesus Goņi are two of the best-known practitioners of the Basque poetic tradition known as bertsolaritza. This improvisational poetry tradition is one of the most revered forms of Basque artistic expression. Bertsolariak are given a theme and must make up a song on the spot. Goicoechea started performing this competitive art at age 12. When he was 17 he immigrated to Wyoming from the Basque Country on the Pyrenees borderlands between France and Spain, on a sheepherding contract. Goicoechea says it is always frustrating to translate his poems into English because the real meaning and the beauty of the poetry is lost in translation. He received the National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA in 2003 along with three collaborative bertsolaris: Jesus Arriada and Johnny Curutchet of California and Jesus Goņi of Nevada.

Jesus Goņi was born in Oronoz, Nafarroa (Navarre) in 1947 and came to the United States in 1965 to work in Arizona. He went back to his home country and returned to Idaho to herd sheep again in 1970 and stayed involved in that business until 1985, when he moved to Reno. He has worked in construction ever since and lives outside Reno. He has participated in almost all the bertsolari events in the West, and in the Old Country he competed with the great ones. In 1988, in the first and only Bertsolari Championship in Gardnerville, Nevada, he won first prize.

In addition to the Heritage Fellows, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will feature performances by more than 60 poets, musicians and musical groups, including new faces and returning favorites. The 2007 performers are listed below along with their hometowns. Special exhibits, workshops, films, lectures, ranch dances and late-night jam sessions, all contribute to the depth and richness of this one-of-a-kind event. The Elko Gathering is the first and largest of hundreds of cowboy poetry gatherings across the country. Produced by the Western Folklife Center, its purpose is to present and preserve the contemporary and traditional arts created by people living close to the land in the American West. Poetry, music, stories, handcrafted gear, film, photography, food - all contribute to the texture of an event that has become an annual ritual for thousands of people who value and practice the artistic traditions of the region, and are concerned about the present and future of the West.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering was conceived in 1985 by a small group of folklorists, poets and musicians, and quickly became the go-to event celebrating the contemporary West. Over the last 22 years, the Elko Gathering has reinvigorated a tradition that never ceased to be a part of the lives of cowboys, ranchers and rural westerners. In 2000, the U.S. Senate recognized the cultural value of this tradition and the event responsible for its renaissance when it passed a resolution naming the Elko Gathering the "National" Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

For more information about ticketed shows and workshops at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, please refer to the Western Folklife Center website at www.westernfolklife.org. If you are interested in applying for press credentials, complete the Media Credential Application Form and submit it online. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Darcy Minter at dminter@westernfolklife.org or 775-340-4240.

Special thanks to the Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities, Nevada Commission on Tourism, Elko County Recreation Board, Wallace Foundation, MetLife Foundation, and International Game Technology, and Wells Fargo Bank.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.


2007 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Performers

Oscar Auker, Clarendon, TX
Bar J Wranglers, Driggs, ID
Baxter Black, Benson, AZ
Jerry Brooks, Sevier, UT
Dave Bourne, Agoura, CA
Bimbo Cheney, Spring Creek, NV
Ken Cook, Martin, SD
Doris Daley, Alberta, Canada
Stephanie Davis, Columbus, MT
John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, CA
Don Edwards, Hico, TX 
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Marshall, CA
Trudy Fair, Weatherford, TX
Leon Flick, Plush, OR
Dennis Gaines, Kerrville, TX
The Gimbles, Austin, TX
The Gitano Family, Arles, France
Skip Gorman and Connie Dover, Grafton, NH
D.W. Groethe, Bainville, MT
Alice Hancock, Lakeview, OR
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, SD
Linda Hussa, Cedarville, CA
Jill Jones and the Lone Star Chorale, Driftwood, TX
Ross Knox, Tucson, AZ
Stephen Lindsey, Elgin, AZ
Lowell Long, Granby, MO
Gary McMahan, Bellvue, CO
Wallace McRae, Forsyth, MT
Dawn and Michael Moon, Rowe, NM
Clark Morris, Likely, CA
Michael Martin Murphey , Westbury, WI
Joel Nelson, Alpine, TX
Rodney Nelson, Almont, ND
Glenn Ohrlin, Mountain View, AR
J. Parson, Bakersfield, CA
Bob Petermann, Wibaux, MT
Lorraine Rawls, Talent, OR
Henry Real Bird, Garyowen, MT
Pat Richardson, Merced, CA 
Randy Rieman, Lamy, NM
Ringling 5, Wilsall, MT
Sandy Seaton, Emigrant, MT
Georgie Sicking, Kaycee, WY
Jesse Smith, Cora, WY 
Jay Snider, Cyril, OK
Dave Stamey, Nipomo, CA
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Newcastle, WY
Gail Steiger, Prescott, AZ
Colen Sweeten Jr., Springville, UT
Milton Taylor, New South Wales, Australia
Ian Tyson, Alberta, Canada
Jack Walther, Lamoille, NV
Wylie and the Wild West, LaCrosse, WA
Paul Zarzyski, Great Falls, MT
 

Participants in Workshops, Discussion Panels and Special Programs

Mike Beck, Spreckels, CA
Judy Blunt, Missoula, MT
Robin Boies, Wells, NV
Muzzy Braun, Clayton, ID
Al Bruno, Las Vegas, NV
Rachel Buzzetti, Lamoille, NV
Dave Carroll, Austin, TX
Jack & Jill Chatfield, Mosquero, NM
John Collett, Spring Creek, NV
Duane Coombs, Austin, NV
Tuda & Jack Crews, Bueyeros, NM
Guy de Galard, Buffalo, WY
Robbin Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, CA
Devere Dressler, Gardnerville, NV
Carolyn Dufurrena, Winnemucca, NV
Linda Dufurrena, Winnemucca, NV
Richard Elloyan, Dayton, NV
Martin Goicoechea, Rock Springs, WY
Jesus Goni, Reno, NV
Bob Groves, Lamoille, NV
Doug Groves, Wellington, NV
Chirsten & Rick Holmes, Mosquero, NM
Adam Jahiel, Story, WY
Karla Chapin, Carlin, NV
Nancy Kern, Hailey, ID
Patrick and Estelle Laurent, The Camargue, France
Richard Louv, San Diego, CA
Mick Lucey, Modesto, CA
Deborah Madison, Galisteo, NM
Kevin Martini-Fuller, Wayne, PA
Craig Miller, Salt Lake City, UT
Fred Newman, New York, NY
Pat & Sharon O'Toole, Slater, CO
Rick Philipp, Steamboat Springs, CO
Bette Ramsey, Amarillo, TX
David "Redboy" Schildt, Wyola, MT
Kraig Sundberg, Sun Valley, ID
Eric, Christine & Colton Trigg, Farmington, NM
Sally Trigg, Albuquerque, NM
Andy Wilkinson, Lubbock, TX
Joe Wolter, Aspermont, TX

Media release, December 15, 2006

 

Experience the Traditional Arts of the West


Participate in Hands-On Workshops at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering



Elko -  Workshops have been an important part of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering since the event's early days. Each year, the Western Folklife Center offers as many as 15 different workshops and discussions where people can learn skills from master traditional artists and get to know others who share their interest in the West. At the 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which begins Saturday, January 27 and runs through Saturday, February 3, 2007 in Elko, Nevada, participants can learn to braid rawhide, write songs and poetry, cook ranch cuisine, shoot photos with a pinhole camera, and much more. And kids can participate in workshops designed especially for them. Workshops for adults begin Sunday, January 28 and run through Wednesday, January 31. Youth workshops take place Saturday, February 3.

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Workshops for Adults

Photography
Photographer Kevin Martini-Fuller
will teach a workshop on the basic principals of creating photographic images using a light-tight box, a pinhole and light. Students will make a pinhole camera, then learn how to use it and how to print images using a historic platinum printing process.

Western photographer Adam Jahiel will help artists, gearmakers, and craftsmen learn to take good photographs of their work using materials they can buy at the local hardware store.

Poetry and Music
Western songwriter and musician Mike Beck will teach a songwriting workshop in which he will examine the elements and components of a song and will teach participants how to turn the stories and images in their minds into satisfying lyrics. 
Poet and wordsmith Paul Zarzyski will teach a poetry writing workshop focusing on how to be more fearless and free in writing poetry by taking more risks in both form and focus. This workshop will reflect Paul's poem "Putting The Rodeo Try Into Cowboy Poetry."

Rawhide Braiding
Great Basin braider Doug Groves will teach two braiding workshops, one for beginners and one for intermediate braiders. Beginner braiders will craft a 12-strand rawhide quirt, and the intermediate braiders will make a full set of 8-strand rawhide reins with a 12-strand romal.

Ranch Tours
"Cowboy John" Collett will lead participants on a tour of working ranches in Elko County, where they will learn about the rich ranching heritage of northeastern Nevada and get a glimpse of the daily routine of the modern rancher's way of life.

Cooking
Cooking workshops are always a highlight of the Gathering, This year, we are offering three cooking workshops. Members of the ranching community of Harding County, New Mexico, will share their favorite southwestern recipes, including mole cheese enchiladas, flour tortillas, coffee Marlowe and cobbler. We will also learn to cook ranch food from the Camargue region of southern France and how to create a memorable birthday meal with award-winning chef Deborah Madison.

Horsemanship and Ranch Roping
Horseman Joe Wolter, head trainer for the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, will present a horsemanship and ranch roping clinic covering the basics of cow working, ranch roping, and finishing your horse. Wolter will be joined by Patrick Laurent, a French cowboy or gardian, who will demonstrate the techniques he uses to work bulls in the Camargue region of southern France.

Dancing
This year's dance workshops include a class in ranch dancing taught by folklorist Craig Miller, who will call fun dances with simple steps. Kraig Sundberg and Nancy Kern will teach Texas Two-Step and Pony Swing. Participants will learn fundamental dance moves and beginners are welcome.

Discussions and Panels
Reflections on a West that Works convenes a group of writers who are all contributors to the soon-to-be-published book Home Land: Writings on a West That Work, (Johnson Press). These essayists and poets provide an inspirational approach to the future of the rural West as they reflect on topics such as bridging the rural-urban divide through healthy food (husbandry) and healthy land (stewardship), and the importance of rural cultures. Writers participating in this workshop include: Teresa Jordan, Paul Zarzyski, Linda Hussa, Rick Knight, Sharon O'Toole and Joan Chevalier.

Two important panel discussions will cover topics related to conservation and food production: award-winning chef Deborah Madison, Wyoming rancher Pat O'Toole and others will discuss new directions in marketing and distributing food from the ranch to the consumer; and French ranchers Patrick and Estelle Laurent, Duane Coombs, manager of the Smith Creek Ranch in central Nevada, and a representative of the Quivera Coalition, will share and compare their experiences negotiating conflicting demands on the environment.

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Workshops for Youth

Poetry Writing
Canadian poet Doris Daley will encourage her students to have fun with words by writing about the things they know and enjoying the creative process. Workshop participants will explore the genesis of cowboy poetry and its relationship to other poetic forms such as song lyrics and rap; learn the key elements of crafting a poem (word play, rhyme and meter, subject matter and editing); and find inspiration in everyday life.

Cooking
Texan Bette Ramsey
will show students how to make homemade pizza and ice cream, beginning with tossing their own pizza dough. Each student will receive recipes they can take home for a meal they can make themselves.

Rawhide Braiding
Great Basin rawhide braider Doug Groves and his son Grant will teach students the braiding basics. Each student will make a miniature rawhide quirt (whip) to take home with them.

For more information about workshops, including costs and times, please refer to the Western Folklife Center website or call toll free 888-880-5885 ext 239.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
As always, the Poetry Gathering will feature performances by more than 60 poets, musicians and musical groups, including new faces and returning favorites. Special exhibits, workshops, films, lectures, ranch dances and late-night jam sessions, all contribute to the depth and richness of this one-of-a-kind event. The Elko Gathering is the first and largest of hundreds of cowboy poetry gatherings across the country. Produced by the Western Folklife Center, its purpose is to present and preserve the contemporary and traditional arts created by people living close to the land in the American West. Poetry, music, stories, handcrafted gear, film, photography, food - all contribute to the texture of an event that has become an annual ritual for thousands of people who value and practice the artistic traditions of the region, and are concerned about the present and future of the West.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering was conceived in 1985 by a small group of folklorists, poets and musicians, and quickly became the go-to event celebrating the contemporary West. Over the last 22 years, the Elko Gathering has reinvigorated a tradition that never ceased to be a part of the lives of cowboys, ranchers and rural westerners. In 2000, the U.S. Senate recognized the cultural value of this tradition and the event responsible for its renaissance when it passed a resolution naming the Elko Gathering the "National" Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

For more information about ticketed shows and workshops at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, please refer to the Western Folklife Center website at www.westernfolklife.org. If you are interested in applying for press credentials, complete the Media Credential Application Form and submit it online. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Darcy Minter at dminter@westernfolklife.org or 775-340-4240.

Special thanks to the Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities, Nevada Commission on Tourism, Elko County Recreation Board, Wallace Foundation, MetLife Foundation, and International Game Technology, and Wells Fargo Bank.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.

 


Media release, November 28, 2006

 

Learn About "The Ranch" at the 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering



Elko - The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering -- a week-long celebration of life and art in the rural West  -- observes its 23rd year beginning Saturday, January 27 and running through Saturday, February 3, 2007 in Elko, Nevada. The theme for the 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is "The Ranch." By deliberately celebrating ranching culture in this way, we honor the people whose commitment helps sustain open spaces in the West through responsible land stewardship, and we celebrate the age-old tradition of producing food. In recognition of this theme, the 2007 Gathering will include tours of area ranches, cooking workshops by ranching families, and a panel discussion among top writers in the West on critical issues, including sustainable land stewardship and husbandry practices.

Writers of the West
Each year the Western Folklife Center invites leading western writers and scholars to speak at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering on issues critical to our region. This year's Keynote Speaker is journalist Richard Louv, whose book Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder (Algonquin) discusses the effect of exposure to nature (and lack thereof) on the human psyche, particularly that of children. The 2007 Humanities Lecture will be delivered by writer Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean (Knopf), a memoir of her life on a Montana ranch, which won PenJerard Fund Award, Mountains and Plains Nonfiction Book Award, Willa Cather Literary Award, and was one of The New York Times' Notable Books.

In the workshop Reflections on a West that Works, the Western Folklife Center brings together a group of writers who have thought long and hard about a West where human and natural communities prosper. Participants are all contributors to the soon-to-be-published book Home Land: Writings on a West That Work (Johnson Press). These essayists and poets provide an inspirational approach to the future of the rural West as they reflect on topics such as bridging the rural-urban divide through healthy food (husbandry) and healthy land (stewardship), and the importance of rural cultures. Writers participating in this workshop include: Teresa Jordan, Paul Zarzyski, Linda Hussa, Rick Knight, Sharon O'Toole and Joan Chevalier.

Ranch Cooking
Each year, the Western Folklife Center offers cooking workshops during Gathering week. This year, we are offering two workshops centered on ranch cooking in the American West and the south of France. Ranching communities quickly learn who the good cooks are when they gather to share meals for special occasions. Representatives of the Trigg Ranch, Ute Creek Ranch and Triangle Ranch in Harding County, New Mexico, will share their favorite yet simple southwestern recipes. In another workshop, cooks will share the regional cuisine of the ranchers or gardians from the Camargue region of southern France, while pairing wine, food and stories from the Camargue.

Rawhide Braiding and Horsemanship
Workshops teaching ranching traditions have always been a part of the Gathering experience. The ancient tradition of using untanned hides to make useful tools remains strong today on ranches across the West. Braiding transforms the raw material of rawhide into working ropes, hackamores, reins, quirts and more. Skilled Great Basin braider Doug Groves, with help from Charlie Leisen, will teach beginning and intermediate braiding workshops at the 2007 Gathering.

Good horsemanship is a vital skill on any ranch, and some horsemen have turned it into an art form. Joe Wolter is such a horseman. As head trainer for the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, Joe is known for his gentle and effective way with horses and riders, and for his knowledge of what it takes to develop a fine ranch horse that works in partnership with the rider. At the 2007 Gathering, Wolter will present a ranch roping and horsemanship workshop that will cover the basics of cow working and ranch roping. In addition, Patrick Laurent, a rancher (gardian) from the region of southern France called the Camargue, will demonstrate how the gardians work with the aggressive Camargue bulls.

Ranch Tours
To help members of the Gathering audience experience ranch life first-hand, we are offering the opportunity to participate in tours of working ranches in Elko County. Native Nevadan John Collett will guide the tours, which will offer a glimpse of the rich ranching heritage of northeastern Nevada and a look at the daily routine and challenges of the modern rancher.

Panel Discussions
In two important panel discussions, award-winning chef Deborah Madison and Wyoming rancher Sharon O'Toole will discuss new directions in marketing and distributing food from the ranch to the consumer, and French ranchers Patrick and Estelle Laurent will share their experiences negotiating conflicting demands on the environment of their centuries-old ranch in the Camargue.

And so much more!
As always, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will feature performances by more than 60 poets, musicians and musical groups, including new faces and returning favorites. Special exhibits, workshops, films, lectures, ranch dances and late-night jam sessions, all contribute to the depth and richness of this one-of-a-kind event. The Elko Gathering is the first and largest of hundreds of cowboy poetry gatherings across the country. Produced by the Western Folklife Center, its purpose is to present and preserve the contemporary and traditional arts created by people living close to the land in the American West. Poetry, music, stories, handcrafted gear, film, photography, food - all contribute to the texture of an event that has become an annual ritual for thousands of people who value and practice the artistic traditions of the region, and are concerned about the present and future of the West.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering was conceived in 1985 by a small group of folklorists, poets and musicians, and quickly became the go-to event celebrating the contemporary West. Over the last 22 years, the Elko Gathering has reinvigorated a tradition that never ceased to be a part of the lives of cowboys, ranchers and rural westerners. In 2000, the U.S. Senate recognized the cultural value of this tradition and the event responsible for its renaissance when it passed a resolution naming the Elko Gathering the "National" Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

For more information about ticketed shows and workshops at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, please refer to the Western Folklife Center website at www.westernfolklife.org. If you are interested in applying for press credentials, complete the Media Credential Application Form and submit it online. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Darcy Minter at dminter@westernfolklife.org or 775-340-4240.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.

Special thanks to the Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities, Nevada Commission on Tourism, Elko County Recreation Board, Wallace Foundation, MetLife Foundation, and International Game Technology, and Wells Fargo Bank for supporting the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.  

 

 


 

Media release, September 23, 2006

23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Celebrates Ranching Culture



Elko - The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering -- a week-long celebration of life and art in the rural West -- observes its 23rd year beginning Saturday, January 27 and running through Saturday, February 3, 2007 in Elko, Nevada. The Elko Gathering is the first and largest of hundreds of cowboy poetry gatherings across the country. Produced by the Western Folklife Center, its purpose is to present and preserve the contemporary and traditional arts created by people living close to the land in the American West. Poetry, music, stories, handcrafted gear, film, food, photography - all contribute to the texture of an event that has become an annual ritual for thousands of people who value and practice the artistic traditions of the region, and are concerned about the present and future of the West.

The theme for the 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is "The Ranch." By deliberately celebrating ranching culture in this way we honor the placed people whose commitment helps sustain open spaces in the West through responsible land stewardship, and to celebrate the age-old tradition of producing food. In recognition of this theme, the 2007 Gathering will include tours of area ranches, cooking workshops by ranching families, and a panel discussion among top writers in the West on critical issues, including sustainable land stewardship and husbandry practices.

In recent years the Western Folklife Center has invited cowboys from other parts of the world to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to share their culture with us. In 2007, we welcome Patrick and Estelle Laurent, fourth generation ranchers from the Camargue region of southern France. Horsemen from the Camargue are called gardians. Accompanying them will be the Gitano Family, gypsy musicians from the Camargue whose music is an integral part of gardian life and culture.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering was conceived in 1985 by a small group of folklorists, poets and musicians, and quickly became the go-to event celebrating the contemporary West. Over the last 22 years, the Elko Gathering has reinvigorated a tradition that never ceased to be a part of the lives of cowboys, ranchers and rural westerners. In 2000, the U.S. Senate recognized the cultural value of this tradition and the event responsible for its renaissance when it passed a resolution naming the Elko Gathering the "National" Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

As always, the Gathering will feature performances by more than 60 poets, musicians and musical groups, including new faces and returning favorites (see attached list). Special exhibits, workshops, films, lectures, ranch dances and late-night jam sessions all contribute to the depth, richness and authenticity of this one-of-a-kind event. Highlights of the 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering include:

Workshops: Cooking, Writing, Gearmaking, Music, Discussions, Horsemanship The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering features more than a dozen workshops for youth and adults on traditional arts, cooking, gearmaking, contemporary ranch issues, writing, horsemanship, poetry, music and more. We offer these hands-on sessions to provide a richer and deeper experience for those that make the trip to Elko. The workshops are excellent opportunities to be taught new skills, meet master artists and performers, and explore meaningful and interesting topics.

Distinguished Speakers on Significant Issues in the West
Each year the Western Folklife Center invites leading western writers and scholars to speak at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering on issues critical to our region. This year's Keynote Speaker is journalist Richard Louv, whose book Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder discusses the effect of exposure to nature (and lack thereof) on the human psyche, particularly that of children.

Performers From 15 Western States, Canada, Australia and France
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering brings together more than 60 poets, musicians and musical groups from 15 western states, two Canadian provinces, and from as far away as France and Australia. These authentic western voices present both classic cowboy material as well as new creative work that paints a realistic portrait of life in the rural West. Performers include NPR commentator and syndicated columnist Baxter Black, Canadian songwriting legend Ian Tyson, Texas troubadour Don Edwards, and National Heritage Award winners: Montana poet and rancher Wallace McRae and legendary cowboy musician Glenn Ohrlin. Attached is a complete list of this year's performers and their current hometowns.

For more information about ticketed shows and workshops at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, please refer to our website at www.westernfolklife.org. If you are interested in applying for press credentials, complete the Media Credential Request Form on our website and submit it online or send it to Darcy Minter, Western Folklife Center, 898 Swiss Farm Circle, Midway, UT 84049 or fax it to 435-654-7493. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Darcy Minter at dminter@westernfolklife.org or 775-340-4240.

2007 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Performers

Oscar Auker, Clarendon, TX     
Bar J Wranglers, Driggs, ID
Virginia Bennett, Paso Robles, CA
Baxter Black, Benson, AZ
Jerry Brooks, Sevier, UT
Dave Bourne, Agoura, CA
Bimbo Cheney, Spring Creek, NV
Ken Cook, Martin, SD
Doris Daley, Alberta, Canada
Stephanie Davis, Columbus, MT
John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, CA
Don Edwards, Hico, TX 
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Marshall, CA
Trudy Fair, Weatherford, TX
Leon Flick, Plush, OR
Dennis Gaines, Kerrville, TX
Johnny Gimble, Austin, TX
The Gitano Family, Arles, France
Frank Gleeson, British Columbia, Canada
Skip Gorman and Connie Dover, Grafton, NH
D.W. Groethe, Bainville, MT
Alice Hancock, Lakeview, OR
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, SD
Linda Hussa, Cedarville, CA
Jill Jones and the Lone Star Chorale, Driftwood, TX
Ross Knox, Tucson, AZ
Stephen Lindsey, Elgin, AZ
Lowell Long, Granby, MO
Gary McMahan, Bellvue, CO
Wallace McRae, Forsyth, MT
Waddie Mitchell, Elko, NV
Dawn and Michael Moon, Rowe, NM
Clark Morris, Likely, CA
Michael Martin Murphey , Westbury, WI
Joel Nelson, Alpine, TX
Rodney Nelson, Almont, ND
Glenn Ohrlin, Mountain View, AR
J. Parson, Bakersfield, CA
Bob Petermann, Wibaux, MT
Lorraine Rawls, Talent, OR
Henry Real Bird, Garyowen, MT
Pat Richardson, Merced, CA 
Randy Rieman, Lamy, NM
Ringling 5, Wilsall, MT
Sandy Seaton, Emigrant, MT
Georgie Sicking, Kaycee, MT
Jesse Smith, Cora, WY 
Jay Snider, Cyril, OK
Dave Stamey, Nipomo, CA
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Newcastle, WY
Gail Steiger, Prescott, AZ
Colen Sweeten Jr., Springville, UT
Milton Taylor, New South Wales, Australia
Ian Tyson, Alberta, Canada
Jack Walther, Lamoille, NV
Wylie and the Wild West, LaCrosse, WA
Paul Zarzyski, Great Falls, MT


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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Sponsors

Major sponsors of the Gathering are: Ford Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, E. L. Wiegand Foundation, George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Nevada Commision for Cultural Affairs, National Endowment of Arts, The Grammy Foundation, Sally Searle, Searle Family Trust, Wes & Sue Dixon, Bill & Meredith Farris, MetLife Foundation, Theodore J. Day, George Gund III, Anne Pattee, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Nevada Arts Council, City of Elko, The Bretzlaff Foundation, Bruce & Nora James Family Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, International Game Technology, Elko County Recreation Board, Reds Ranch, Art Lund & Agnieszka Winkler, Carole & Robert J. Anderson, Cary & Susan Crowe, Sierra Pacific Power Company, Nevada Humanities, Nevada Commission on Tourism, Elko County Economic Diversification Authority, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Wells Fargo Bank.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.



The Western Folklife Center announces new podcasts in their November 15, 2006 newsletter:

We are proud to announce the launch of Live From Elko, a new Podcast series produced by the Western Folklife Center Archives.  Every two weeks we will release a new audio segment that features cowboy poetry and music drawn from hundreds of hours of performances recorded over the years at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, as well as from interviews with artists and from recordings of other Western Folklife Center events. 

A Podcast is simply a digital file (in our case, an MP3 audio file) that you can either listen to on our website or download for free to an MP3 player such as an iPod through a media player like iTunes. Listeners may also subscribe to Live From Elko through a number of media players such as iTunes, Yahoo Podcasts or Odeo. If you subscribe, each new installment will automatically download to your media player. Instructions on how to subscribe to the series can be found in the Listen & Watch section of www.westernfolklife.org.

The first two Podcasts are:

Texas Poet Joel Nelson reading Bruce Kiskaddon's classic poem "When They've Finished Shipping Cattle in the Fall."

National Heritage Award Winner Glenn Ohrlin recites a poem by Curley Fletcher and brings his Western Folklife Center audience into the life of "The Wild Buckaroo."

Read more at the Western Folklife Center web site, where you can also subscribe to their email newsletter.

Posted 11/16

 


 

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With special thanks to Archivist Steve Green of Western Folklife Center, in a feature celebrating the 20th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, we have program information that includes program covers, information and lists of invited performers for each year's Gathering.  

Other features in that section include:

  • recollections from the performers and from the audience about their "first time" at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
  • poems celebrating the Gathering

We also maintain an index of all of the invited performers to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, since its inception in 1985.  

 



 

 

 

 

 

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