34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Starts January 29

The 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering takes place
January 29 – February 3, in Elko

Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko NevaaProduced by the Western Folklife Center, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an international festival that honors the arts, culture and traditions of the rural West, and features poetry, music, storytelling, dancing, workshops, exhibitions, discussions, food and fellowship. Since 1985, aficionados of the American West have traveled to Elko to meet others who love the West, be captivated by poets and musicians whose art is an expression of their life on the land, participate in creating traditional Western gear and art, learn about current challenges and creative solutions in Western land management, and kick up their heels and enjoy a week filled with entertainment, learning and laughter.

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Western Foodways a Focus of the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Every community and culture has its traditional foods, and the rural American West is no exception. Not surprisingly, cattle ranching communities prepare a lot of beef, sheep ranching and Basque communities often have lamb on the menu. And don’t forget the food traditions of people who immigrated to the rural West, and its indigenous people. All are represented in workshops and presentations at the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 29th-February 3rd in Elko.

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