Jonathan shares some rhyme over warm-hearted memories of Elko and a warm cup of cocoa. Jonathan Odermann performs "In Elko" during the 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Rodear Year."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jonathan Odermann is a third-generation rancher who raises cattle in the badlands of western North Dakota, running cows about 25 miles north of Medora, sharing the landscape with Theodore Roosevelt National Park. He was moved to start writing verse after hearing cowboy poetry at the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Jonathan’s original work runs the gamut from short, funny pieces to longer, epic sagas, and he likes to amuse and delight his audience with a blend of humorous and thought provoking poems inspired by his real life experiences. Jonathan really enjoys cowboy poetry and encouraging others to share their stories through written and visual art.
Filmed on location in Medora, North Dakota, 2020.
Made possible by the Arthur & Marianne Glaser Fund 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.