National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
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, January 29-February 3, 2018. Read about our special show with rodeo poet, Paul Zarzyski!
Read about Theodore "Ted" Waddell, the 34th Gathering poster artist.
34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Playlist
Banner photo by Charlie Ekburg