This is a place for stories. It’s a place of connection, sharing, introspection and understanding. It’s a place where people from across the region, nation and world can come together to experience the art of people in the rural West. These blogs are the voices of western ranchers and artists, as well as musings from the Western Folklife Center staff as we conduct fieldwork and produce events like the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. If you enjoy these posts, please let us know with your comments.
Welcome to the Western Folklife Center
Visit the Western Folklife Center's blog for behind-the-scenes information about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, reports from the road about fieldwork for media projects, information about Western Folklife Center programs and projects, and other interesting and relevant news from Elko and around the region.
In the southern Sierra Nevada foothills east of Visalia, John and Robbin Dofflemyer graze cows and calves on Dry Creek, a tributary of the Kaweah River. With a crew of two others, both are engaged in every aspect of the operation. Robbin began packing a camera and photographing various aspects of the ranch and ranch work in the spring of 2005 after a winter of abundant rainfall. John’s involvement with cowboy poetry began in 1989 with an invitation to the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, where the two were later married in 1996.
Pat and Sharon O'Toole, Ranchers, Photographer and Writer
Pat and Sharon are ranchers in the Little Snake River Valley on the Wyoming-Colorado border. They represent the fourth generation on the six-generation ranch. The O'Toole's raise cattle, sheep, horses, dogs and children on their high country ranching operation. The transhumance operation stretches from north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado to Wyoming's Red Desert. The blog traces the activities and life on the Ladder Ranch, from the mundane to the fabulous.