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The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering  features films and videos that entertain as well as tackle important issues current in the rural West.

Films shown Wednesday January 31, 2018 in the Western Folklife Center G Three Theater were free (as were all films shown in the Black Box Theater of the Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery). Beginning Thursday, February 1, 2018, film admission to the Northeastern Nevada Museum and the Elko Convention Center or Elko Conference Center was included in a Day or Deluxe Pass.


Thursday, February 1, 3:45-4:15pm, Lamoille Room, Elko Conference Center
Friday, February 2, 3:15-3:45pm, Black Box Theater, Wiegand Gallery
Saturday, February 3, 4:00-4:30pm, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room (one of two films showing)

Tony Rodriguez and others describe arriving in the U.S. to herd sheep in the Big Horn Mountains when they were teenagers.  Life on the range was lonely, but the experience draws them back to Buffalo, Wyoming and the mountains to see how things have changed.  Filmed during the North American Basque Association festival in 2006. Filmmaker, Dean Peterson, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources. Producer, Annie F. Hatch, Wyoming Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts Program. Executive Producer: Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources.

AMERIKANUAK (2010) (92 minutes, subtitled)
Wednesday, January 31, 9:00-10:45am,
Western Folklife Center G Three Bar Theater
Friday, February 2, 2:15-3:45pm, Northeastern Nevada Museum Theater
Saturday, February 3, 11:00am-12:45pm,
Northeastern Nevada Museum Theater
More than half a century ago, many Basques left Spain to look for a better life working as sheepherders in the American West. In Amerikanuak, Nacho Reig looks at the lives of some of the last remaining Basque sheepherders in the United States. Against the backdrop of the winter landscape of Elko, Nevada, immigrants such as Juan “Parillas” Juaristi, an 83-year-old resident at a Basque boardinghouse, reflect on the difficulties that many of these immigrants faced in forging new lives in a foreign country, their nostalgia for what was left behind, and their effort to preserve Basque culture. A film about Spanish emigration, adaptation, courage, community and a rapidly disappearing way of life. Directed by Nacho Reig.

BERTSOLARI (2011) (83 minutes, subtitled)
Wednesday, January 31, 11:00am-12:30pm, Western Folklife Center G Three Bar Theater
Friday, February 2, 12:30-2:00pm Northeastern Nevada Museum Theater

In this film, Asier Altuna and Txintxua Films began to tell the story of bertsolaritza, improvised verse in Euskara, the Basque language. But along the way, they encountered silence, art and the precipice of improvisation. They too ended up improvising. The bertsolari is the improviser of verse sung in Euskara. This oral tradition has managed to evolve and adapt to the times, connecting with the younger generations. It is a surprising art of austere aesthetics in these days of spectacle and special effects. A performance that in the grand finale of the last championship gathered 14,000 people to watch eight bertsolaris vie live against one another. Directed by Asier Altuna (Txintxua Films).

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Friday, February 2, 10:00-11:00am Western Folklife Center G Three Bar Theater
Saturday, February 3,
9:30-10:30am, Elko Convention Center Turquoise Room
The mission of the Western Folklife Center’s Deep West Video program is to tell first-hand stories from the rural West that are rooted in the values of life on the land. For the last four years, the Western Folklife Center, in partnership with Edge of Discovery, has worked with students and educators from the Owyhee Combined School on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation to create Deep West Videos. Premiering this year at the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering are videos that explore the landscape, history, culture, and languages of the West. The 2018 filmmakers are Karem Orrego and returning student filmmakers Devin Baker, Dilan Bill, Talliah Hanchor, Terry Howard, Gage Johnson, Destiny Max, Lance Owyhee and Isabella Pasqual. Karem Orrego (Edge of Discovery) directed the project with guidance from Carol Dalrymple and student supervisors Colene Paradise and David Baker. Presented with support from the R. Harold Burton Foundation and Western Folklife Center stakeholders.


Friday, February 2, 2:15-3:00pm, Black Box Theater, Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery
Saturday, February 3, 4:00-4:30pm, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room (one of two films showing)

Poetry and readings by Carolyn Dufurrena accompany the 2007 Deep West Video "Making West Home: A Basque Country Journal." Filmmakers Linda and Carolyn Dufurrena leave their Northern Nevada ranches and journey to the Old Country, learning about and sharing in the Basque way of life. They emerge with a deeper appreciation of the emigrant experience, and the challenges of adjustment to a completely new landscape, occupation and home. Film produced by the Western Folklife Center.

SONG OF THE BASQUES (2015) (88 minutes, subtitled)
Thursday, February 1, 2:00-3:30pm, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
Friday, February 2, 10:30am-12:15pm, Northeastern Nevada Museum Theater
Saturday, February 3, 2:00-3:45pm, Black Box Theater, Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery

Following the lives of several contemporary Basques, this film explores the extraordinary tale of their culture’s survival over centuries of friction between tradition and innovation. As our global society struggles to peacefully maintain identities and responsibly pursue modernization, Basques offer a novel perspective on leading an internationally local and progressively traditional life. Produced by Emily Lobsenz (Daggewood Films).


Wednesday, January 31, 12:45-2:00pm, Western Folklife Center G Three Bar Theater
Thursday, February 1, 1:30-2:45pm, Northeastern Nevada Museum Theater
Saturday, February 3, 11:00am-12:15pm, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
The Last Coyote is a documentary highlighting the life of cowboy singer Don Edwards, the Western lifestyle, and the challenges in continuing this musical legacy. The Last Coyote follows Don and other Western singers and poets to bring attention to this unique genre of cowboy music. Don Edward’s music is a serenade to the soul of a different era. The Last Coyote is for history buffs, cowboy music lovers and classic Americana fans. Produced and directed by Katie Ryan (Horse Wisdom Productions)


THE NORTHERN HORSES (2017) (65 minutes)
Wednesday, January 31, 2:15-3:30pm, Western Folklife Center G Three Bar Theater
Thursday, February 1, 12:30-1:45pm, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
Saturday, February 3, 1:00-2:15pm, Northeastern Nevada Museum Theater

The Spaniards brought horses to Santa Fe in 1610, and by 1730 most of the Plains Indians had acquired these horses. It changed their culture and was the birth of a spiritual bond between man and horse that still survives today. The horses of the Northern Plains Indians were heavier-boned and rangier than the Southwestern variety. They bred them to the Canadian Horse, known as “The Little Iron Horse.” Sitting Bull was a breeder of these horses, and today, the bloodline still exists in the rolling hills of North Dakota on the bank of the Missouri River. Filmed on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana; the Blood Reserve in Alberta; the Crow Tribe in eastern Montana; and the Lakota Lands. Produced by Susan Jensen and Paul Singer (J&S Productions), this film is the latest of a series; available in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shops.

In this video from the Western Folklife Center Archives, cowboy poet and Montana rancher Wallace "Wally" McRae tells a true story about Northern Plains ranching, with a moving tribute to a special neighbor, E.M. "Red" Kluver.

Saturday, February 3, 10:45am-12:15pm, Elko Convention Center Turquoise Room
Includes a conversation with Wally McRae.
Renowned poet Wally McRae delivers some of his favorite poems in this series filmed at hand-picked locations on Wally’s home ground and home ranch along Rosebud Creek in eastern Montana. These poetic appearances, filmed at all seasons of the year and over a two-year period, became a regular segment of a weekly TV magazine, The West, produced by KCRA-TV, Sacramento. As Wally proudly comments, “I was kind of the ‘Andy Rooney’ of this show.”  As the film credits testify, the whole family got involved, with catering by Wally’s wife Ruth, scouting by his son Clint, and star appearances by his dog Maggie.
Produced and directed by Jim Abel, Production West (Billings).

ZURETZAKO (2012) (45 minutes, subtitled)
Thursday, February 1, 12:30-1:15pm, Northeastern Nevada Museum Theater
Friday, February 2, 10:45-11:45am, Elko Conference Center Lamoille Room
Saturday, February 3, 11:00-11:45am, Black Box Theater, Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery

The first American-made Basque-language film, Zuretzako tells the story of filmmaker and Princess Grace Award-Winner Javi Zubizarreta’s grandfather. Zuretzako tells the story of the sacrifices that fathers make and the toll they take on their sons. To support his family in the Basque Country, Joaquin herds sheep in the hills of Idaho, miles away from his home. When his son joins him herding, years of separation and sacrifice come to a head. Zuretzako is about those who came before us and the gratitude they deserve. Across mountains and canyons, it is a chance to reflect on the strength of love and family and a unique look into the lives of the men and families who helped shape Basque and American life in the 20th century. Written and directed by Javi Zubizarreta.



Banner image by Jessica Brandi Lifland.