National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada

//National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada
Butteri cowboys from the Maremma region of Italy, have been herding Maremmana cattle for centuries.

Butteri cowboys from the Maremma region of Italy, have been herding Maremmana cattle for centuries. They will share their poetry in Elko, Nevada at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

The 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering —the nation’s greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions—will take place January 28 to February 2, 2013, in Elko, Nevada.  The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering features performances of poetry and music from the cowboy and ranching occupation, but also presents exhibitions, films, workshops, dances and discussions—all centered on land-based culture in the American West, its traditional arts and the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

 

The historic Tomera Ranch in the South Fork Valley of Elko, Nevada was settled in 1867. This area offered a constant supply of water, and good travel routes between mining camps

The historic Tomera Ranch in the South Fork Valley of Elko, Nevada was settled in 1867. This area offered a constant supply of water, and good travel routes between mining camps

The 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will host butteri, cowboys from Italy, who have their own unique poetry, music, gear and traditional techniques, but still have much in common with their counterparts in the American West and cattle cultures across the globe. The butteri are from the Maremma region of Italy, where they have been raising and herding the large lyre-horned Maremmana cattle for centuries. The Italian cultural exchange is part of the Western Folklife Center’s ongoing effort to build understanding among herding cultures worldwide, and is exclusively sponsored by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation.

Cowboys, poets and musicians converge in Elko, Nevada

 

Singer and guitarist Denise Withnell performs at National Cowboy Gathering

Singer and guitarist Denise Withnell performs at National Cowboy Gathering

The 29th Gathering will present more than 50 poets, musicians and musical groups from the U.S., Canada and Italy, performing on seven stages at four different venues. The line-up includes cowboy poets Baxter Black, Wally McRae; Paul Zarzyski; Waddie Mitchell; Yvonne Hollenbeck, Joel Nelson, Elizabeth Ebert and many others.

Music is as integral to the gathering as poetry; the musical line-up includes Don Edwards, Tom Russell, The Quebe Sisters Band, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott; Brenn Hill, Wylie & The Wild West, Dave Stamey, Corb Lund & The Hurtin’ Albertans, Los Texmaniacs Cowboy Celtic, The Saddle Cats and more.

The event also features workshops in traditional western arts such as cinch-making and  rawhide braiding, as well as songwriting, Italian cooking and rhythm guitar. Three western dances, open-mic poetry, film screenings and music sessions are also on tap.

Cowboys and Social Media

 

Elko, Nevada; where cowboys gather for poetry

Elko, Nevada; where cowboys gather for poetry

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If You Go:

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (888) 880-5885

Western Folklife Center’s ticket office,

501 Railroad Street, Elko, NV

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Buttero photo courtesy of Natalia Estrada, all other photos courtesy of Charlie Ekburg.

2017-06-27T11:45:12+00:00 September 26th, 2012|Horse News|

2 Comments

  1. Steve September 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I would love to explore the ghost towns of Nevada via horseback! There are so many towns that are only accessible by rough dirt roads.

  2. Nancy D. Brown September 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Steve
    I thought of you last week when I was horseback riding in Palm Springs with Smoke Tree Stables. Yes, I would love to go horseback riding in Nevada sometime.

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