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Western Folklife Center Gift Shop opens New Online Store

We’ve recently relocated the Gift Shop link to our top navigation, above, and opened our new Online Gift Store, featuring selected Western Folklife Center-produced items along with Memberships. As always, please call for telephone orders or questions, 775-738-7508, extension 234 (Toll Free at 1-888-880-5885), or email us at
wfcstore@westernfolklife.org.

In the Wiegand Gallery:

Portraits by Kevin Martini-Fuller

Portraits by Kevin Martini-Fuller

Portraits of the Gathering - acclaimed photographer Kevin Martini-Fuller shares over 30 years of portraits from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in the Gallery and in a special Elko Storefront Exhibition.

I’ve Got Spurs, a collection of handcrafted spurs, vintage to contemporary, share the Gallery. Read more about it.

Western Folklife Center and
Colene Paradise Honored

On April 18, our premier event, the  National Cowboy Poetry Gathering , will receive the  Outstanding Humanities Project Award  from Nevada Humanities, stating “The Gathering reflects the humanities through its welcoming spirit and mix of urban and rural enthusiasts from all around the country who continue to gather,” and Owyhee educator  Colene Paradise  will receive the  Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award . Among Paradise’s many credits, Nevada Humanities cites her work “with students on “The  Deep West Videos ,” in which students have become filmmakers and created short videos about their heritage and community. Paradise has turned this project into a teaching tool, instilling in her students teamwork and collaboration. Paradise and her students have won national awards and recognition for this video project.”  Read More .

On April 18, our premier event, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, will receive the Outstanding Humanities Project Award from Nevada Humanities, stating “The Gathering reflects the humanities through its welcoming spirit and mix of urban and rural enthusiasts from all around the country who continue to gather,” and Owyhee educator Colene Paradise will receive the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. Among Paradise’s many credits, Nevada Humanities cites her work “with students on “The Deep West Videos,” in which students have become filmmakers and created short videos about their heritage and community. Paradise has turned this project into a teaching tool, instilling in her students teamwork and collaboration. Paradise and her students have won national awards and recognition for this video project.” Read More.

Featured Video

Vess Quinlan shared this original poem at the 2011 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Mountain Valley Winter evokes the changing seasons in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, including the howling March winds of spring.

Featured Audio

The calendar says spring is just around the corner so we’re sharing this classic from our old Ranch Rhymes podcast. Bruce Kiskaddon penned a cautionary tale many years ago--a tongue-in-cheek story involving some bitter accusations and a pair of long johns. Sunny Hancock's recitation of "The Lost Flannins" from the 16th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering remains one of our favorites. Listen to more episodes.

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