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September 18, 2012 > Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Submitted By Darcy Minter

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. Ticket sales for the Gathering begin October 4 to the general public. 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 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.

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 event also features hands-on workshops in traditional western arts such as rawhide braiding and cinch-making as well as songwriting, Italian cooking and rhythm guitar. Three western dances, film screenings, and open-mic poetry and music sessions are also on tap. For a full list of participating artists and their hometowns, visit www.westernfolklife.org.

Tickets to the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering can be purchased at www.westernfolklife.org, by calling (775) 738-7508, toll-free (888) 880-5885, or by stopping in to the Western Folklife Center's ticket office, 501 Railroad Street, Elko.

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