Bridging the 49th at the 35th Gathering

Western Folklife Center Happenings

The 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is just weeks away! Buy your tickets now and read more here, as updates are frequent.

Announcing the 2019 Poster, featuring the photography of Kurt Markus. Click image above, to view the brochure!

Wiegand Gallery  ExhibitIONs-western folklife center

501 Railroad Street * Elko, Nevada
Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:30pm
Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm

 Stitching ArtContemporary Quilts and More
September 21-December 8, 2018
Meet the artists: OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, November 24,
11:00 am to 4:00 pm - Read more.

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Featured Video

Catch Sid Marty at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering's "Bridging the 49th" evening show on Saturday, February 2, 2019, and more! In this video, Sid performs his original song, Other People's Cattle--with David Wilkie accompanying--from the 27th Gathering session titled "Off the Page," a daytime session in the Convention Center's Turquoise Room.

Featured Audio

In tribute to the late folklorist, Barre Toelken (1935-2018), we share his story from our What’s In a Song radio series—an episode called “Climbing High Mountains” from 2012. Known to every folklorist as the author of the classic books "The Dynamics of Folklore" and "The Anguish of Snails," Toelken worked in many areas of folklore and folklife, including especially Navajo mythology and Anglo-American folksongs. From 1985-2003, Barre directed Utah State University's folklore program. Before that, he established the folklore program at the University of Oregon. In 2016, he received the American Folklore Society's lifetime scholarly achievement award.

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