Annie reminds us of the power of listening. Annie Mackenzie performs "Let Nature Speak" during the 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Rodear Year."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jordan Valley, OR
While known as the family rambler, Annie Mackenzie has her roots planted firmly at the fourth-generation family ranch in Southeast Oregon. Thirty miles north of the small town of Jordan Valley, she spends her days assisting her two brothers and father tend cattle, start horses, and manage the unruly pack of border collies that inhabit the place. She has also had the opportunity to work with Sun J Livestock—contractors who gather wild horses across the Western states. Annie competed in college rodeo, and taught Agriculture and served as the FFA Advisor at the local high school, but found herself continually returning home to help out. She is now back where she feels she belongs—out on the range with her brothers. Her love of the land and way of life has inspired many a poem and song about the animals and people that live in her beloved High Desert.
Filmed on location in Jordan Valley, Oregon, 2021.
Made possible by the Della Johns Scholarship and by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.