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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Theodore Waddell, Sheep #12, 42”x50”, Oil on Canvas

Theodore Waddell, Sheep #12, 42”x50”, Oil on Canvas

The Western Folklife Center presents:
The 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 29 - February 3, 2018.

BASQUES AND BUCKAROOS: Herding Cultures of Basin, Range and Beyond

For the 2018 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, we look forward to highlighting special guests and programming honoring the contemporary heritage of Basques and Buckaroos.  Often one in the same, many Basques came to the American West to work on sheep and cattle ranches as herders and buckaroos. Today, many Basque families successfully own and operate their own ranches and carry rich stories of immigration and adaptation. Among Basque communities overseas and in the American West, traditions of music, improvised poetry, literature, dance, foodways and more are flourishing. We look forward to bringing these arts—along with our ongoing popular programs—to the 34th Gathering.

Nothing says “Elko” like Basques and buckaroos. Tickets go on sale to Western Folklife Center members on Tuesday, September 5 at 9:00 am Pacific; to the general public one month later. Read more about membership benefits!

Come early in the week to attend hands-on workshops and evening performances. In the latter half of the week, enjoy full days and nights with audiences and artists from throughout the ranching West and beyond. Meet internationally-acclaimed performers of Basque song and improvised verse. Hear stories of buckaroos, Basque ranchers and herders. Participate in social dances and dance workshops, take in talks, exhibits, films, family shows and more. Meet up with old friends and new in the Western Folklife Center's historic Pioneer Saloon and visit the Wiegand Gallery, Gift Shop and G Three Bar Theater.

Read about Theodore "Ted" Waddell, the 34th Gathering poster artist.



Banner photo by Charlie Ekburg