The Faces of the 33rd National Cowboy
Poetry Gathering

Western Folklife Center Happenings

Calling all cowboy poets and musicians: the deadline is quickly approaching to Apply To Perform for the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Applications must be postmarked or submited online by March 31, 2017.

Let's Dance! returns to its twice-monthly schedule at the Western Folklife Center - be sure to check the event calendar for updates as to lessons and more!

The new Moving Rural Verse - DVD is available in the Gift Shop. Visit us at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, or call 775-738-7508, extension 234 (Toll Free at 1-888-880-5885) to order. Read More about Moving Rural Verse.

Be sure to add the monthly Southwind concerts to your event calendar: there's always room to dance in the Pioneer Saloon.

Featured Video

Meet Henry Harris (1865-1937), who began his life in Texas as the son of a slave, came to Nevada on the trail with rancher John Sparks in 1885 as a cowboy, and -not too many years later- became cowboss (foreman) of ranches owned by Sparks-Herrell, including the Vineyard Ranch in Elko County. From our Archives: a Ranch Communications video by Robin Boies (2001).

Featured Audio

Situated somewhere between a California poetry legacy of Gary Snyder, the Beats, and the ranching communities his family has been a part of for generations, John Dofflemyer gives us two short poems to reflect upon springtime, in his strong and original voice. Ranch Rhymes May 2008 podcast.

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