The Western Folklife Center will highlight the rich ranchero heritage of Baja California Sur, Mexico, at the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in January 2015. This cultural exchange will highlight the common roots shared by the American cowboy and the Baja California vaquero. The program will feature working vaqueros, leatherworkers, musicians and community scholars, as well as a special folk art exhibit on the ranchero culture of Baja California Sur.
The Western Folklife Center is seeking financial support from our community to make this program successful. Please consider a contribution to help bring vaqueros from Baja to the Gathering in 2015. Please share this video!
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a week-long celebration of life and art in the rural West that takes place in Elko, Nevada the last week of January. The Elko Gathering is the first and largest of hundreds of cowboy poetry gatherings across the country. Produced by the Western Folklife Center, its purpose is to present and preserve the contemporary and traditional arts created by people living close to the land in the American West. Poetry, music, stories, handcrafted gear, film, food, photography - all contribute to the texture of an event that has become an annual ritual for thousands of people who value and practice the artistic traditions of the region, and are concerned about the present and future of the West. For tickets and information, visit www.westernfolklife.org.
The mission of Deep West Video is to tell first-hand stories from the rural West that are rooted in the values of life on the land. The playlist also includes a special 2008 video group, "Old West, New West." Since 2000, the Western Folklife Center has been working with rural people to produce short videos and slide shows about their lives on the land. Using the tools of digital communication, these home-made productions are simple yet elegant; they are not glossy and commercial, but from the heart.
Deep West Videos is supported by the R. Harold Burton Foundation and the Golden Rule Foundation.
The Western Folklife Center presents the diverse cultures of the American West through exhibits, festivals, concerts, readings, films, workshops, tours, and other educational programs. These videos represent some of the folkways presented by the Western Folklife Center, beginning with corridos, story songs that are an important part of Mexican culture.