The Western Folklife Center is committed to harnessing the power of media to further its mission of celebrating the diverse cultural heritage of the American West as Founding Director Hal Cannon and Producer Taki Telonidis create films that reveal the artistry, innovation, and humor of the people who live in "the great wide open."
The Western Folklife Center’s Media Office is in production of a documentary that sheds new light on an affliction as old as war itself: something we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Healing the Warrior’s Heart is a public television special that examines the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. Enter the program and watch a trailer to learn the themes we’ll explore in this program.
National Educational Telecommunications Association Award- and Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards-winning music documentary, Red Rock Rondo, is an anthem to one of the West's favorite places, Zion National Park, and is part of the park's "Century of Sanctuary" centennial celebration.
Why the Cowboy Sings, a 2002 television documentary, was awarded a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for Best Feature Program. A high definition adaptation of the film is shown in the Black Box Theater of the Western Folklife Center's Wiegand Gallery in Elko, Nevada's historic Pioneer Hotel.
In 2010, The Western Folklife Center re-released its 1994 video capturing the irrepressible spirit of the 10th Cowboy Poetry Gathering. This DVD includes performances by South Dakota cowboy poet Bill Wood, Nevada cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, Montana rancher and cowboy poet Wallace McRae, and the western music of Don Edwards, Ian Tyson, Michael Martin Murphey and more. Purchase the DVD from our online gift shop.