These talks and discussions about sometimes overlooked aspects of rural life in the American West will inspire and leave you yearning for more.

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  • Editing the Cowboy Archetype

    FEATURING: Jeff Mundell, Painted Horse drum group and horse dancers.

    Painted Horse drum group and horse dancers open the keynote with a welcome honoring the day the horse was created.

    Steeped in vaquero traditions, Jeff Mundell began learning the art and care of bridle horses when he, as a town...

  • Joy Harjo + Living Nations, Living Words

    FEATURING: Joy Harjo, nila northsun, Painted Horse, Henry Real Bird, M.L. Smoker.

    A journey celebrating creativity through acknowledgement of the ancestors of poetry and music in the story field of the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.

    Hosted by Kristin Windbigler.

    From the...

  • Veterans and Horses Helping Each Other

    FEATURING: Derek Knapp.

    Effectively attending to the needs of former combat veterans is a growing major challenge of our time. Drawing on first-hand experience, Derek Knapp brings focus to the groundbreaking work of Restoration Ranch, an experiential learning center for former combat veterans, t...

  • Tales from Cottonwood Ranch

    FEATURING: Agee Smith

    Agee shares stories of his experiences on the family ranch. Fourth-generation Nevada rancher and managing partner of the Cottonwood Ranch in the remote O’Neil Basin, Agee Smith, talks about his family ranch’s evolving approaches and positive experiences. Agee shares photo s...

  • Where Does Wisdom Reside?

    FEATURING: Hal Cannon

    Hal ponders the meaning and value of cowboy poetry and creative expression in the West. Hal Cannon, founding director of the Western Folklife Center, shares his personal journey into the fieldwork and exploration that brought an extraordinary cast of characters together to ...

  • How the Dorrance Brothers Helped Me Find a Learning Mindset

    FEATURING: Bryan Neubert.

    Why are people so captivated by horses? Horseman/buckaroo Bryan Neubert has some thoughts on this subject. Raised on his family’s ranch near Salinas, California, Bryan spent many hours learning from his neighbors Bill and Tom Dorrance and other revered horsemen. His hor...