Deep West Video
The mission of Deep West Video and our earlier Ranch Communications program is to tell first-hand stories from the rural West that are rooted in the values of life on the land. Since 2000, the Western Folklife Center has been working with people from throughout the rural West to produce short videos about their lives on the land.
Using the tools of digital communication, these home-made productions are simple yet elegant; they are not glossy and commercial, but from the heart. Each year, from six to eleven videos are created, a few of which are featured here.
Beginning in 2015, a special focus has been working with the students and teachers at the Owyhee Combined School on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in northern Elko County.
A special feature of the Deep West Videos premiering at the 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2017 were Native-language (Paiute or Shoshone) versions of select Deep West Videos from the Owyhee students. The Tribal Film Translation Project harnesses the power of the Deep West Video program to address one of the most critical issues faced by American Indians: the loss of language.
The 2017 filmmakers: Devin Baker, Dilan Bill, Talliah Hanchor, Gage Johnson and Lance Owyee. Owyhee teaching staff: Elena Atkins, Dave Baker, and Colene Paradise. Carol Dalrymple/Edge of Discovery, mentoring/guiding/advising media producer.
You can purchase Deep West Videos in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop. Give us a call toll free 1-800-888-5885 (ext. 234) or775-738-7508x234 to purchase.
Students and teachers from the Owyhee Combined School on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation have created award-winning short films. This selection is from 2017.
Tribal Translation Project: Shoshone Language Learning
Led by Shoshone Elder Elena Atkins, the Owhyee Combined School Shoshone Language Learning series are part of an effort by the Sho-Pai/Duck Valley Indian Reservation Community to preserve language and stories of the Shoshone-Pauute culture of the Great Basin area. The series is produced by Colene Paradise and the student filmmakers.
More Stories from the Rural West
Rural westerners produce short videos about their lives on the land. This selection premiered at the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Special thanks to Western Folklife Center Stakeholders, and former and current supporters:
Banner image by Jessica Brandi Lifland.