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About the Exhibit Tools of the Trade Stories from the Ranch Cowboy Music and Poetry
Photo by Peter DeLory –

Experience first-hand stories from the rural West through short videos and online journals. 

Short videos
What do you get when you put new digital technologies in the hands of people living on the land in the American West? These short videos are just a sampling of the powerful stories that are coming out of the rural experience as part of the Western Folklife Center's Ranch Communications and Deep West Videos programs.

On-line Journals
Imagine the huge distances between communities in the American West, and imagine traveling those miles via the internet to visit some of the region's creative thinkers. Our on-line correspondents all share a commitment to making a life in the rural West, yet they each bring unique perspectives and approaches to their work and creative life. Through periodic stories, poetry, photography, and journal entries they bring the everyday challenges and gifts of rural life to a global community. Please take the time to visit with these friends of the Western Folklife Center.

Buckaroo! The Hispanic Heritage of the High Desert

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. Buckaroo! The Hispanic Heritage of the High Desert traces the California vaquero roots of the High Desert buckaroo. This exhibition was produced by the High Desert Museum  in Bend, Oregon, which generously loaned it to the Western Folklife Center for five years, where it was on exhibit in the Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, Nevada, until November 15, 2008. 

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