Talks & Discussions

From creativity to horsemanship, join us as speakers and panelists dive deep on rural life.

  • Mano a Mano: Ian Tyson & Tom Russell

    For two days in 2008, Ian Tyson and Tom Russell held court at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, and offered a rare glimpse into the creative process of songwriting. Tyson and Russell shared a long, close friendship and collaboration that resulted in classic western songs and s...

  • Humanities

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

  • Makers
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    At the Western Folklife Center, we've long supported and celebrated maker culture, especially when it comes to the gear associated with ranch life. From cowboy boots to silver bits and spurs to saddles and all sorts of leather craft, we have talks, discussions, and demonstrations all devoted to t...

  • Stewardship

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    Talks and discussions with ranchers and others who care for the land.

  • Horsemanship

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    Thought-provoking, meaningful talks and discussions about our lives with horses