Harvey E. Mawson
June 16, 1930 ~ January 20, 2012

Harvey Mawson, c. 1988, photo by Kevin Martini-Fuller

The Western Folklife Center is saddened by the news of the passing of Canadian cowboy poet and storyteller, Harvey Mawson. After meeting folklorist Cyd McMullen from Elko at the Trappings of the West gear show in Flagstaff, Arizona, in the early 1980s, Mawson applied to perform, was accepted and joined us in Elko for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 1988 and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 1994.