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The northern Great Plains aren’t much to look at. It’s the drab, boring part of a cross-country interstate drive between Seattle and Chicago. 

No trees in sight. No water. But Sean Gerrity, founder of American Prairie Reserve, has always seen something more out here. 

Reno Kids Learn To Rope & Ride

Jul 12, 2018
Holly Hutchings

The Reno Rodeo is now in its 99th year. On top of the organization's ten-day annual event, the group also aims to pass down skills and Western culture to the next generation. This year, they partnered with Artown to hold their first-ever kids' rodeo and storytelling event. Our reporter Holly Hutchings was there.

The front door of the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum in Elko, Nevada, on a sunny day.
Paul Boger

Dedicated to preserving the tools, traditions and culture of the old west, the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum opened its doors in Downtown Elko earlier this year. The museum houses a large collection of antiques including bits, spurs and bridles, but mostly, it focuses on the art of saddle making and one of the craft’s greatest practitioners, G.S. Garcia. Housed in a building Garcia built as a shop and showroom in the early 1900’s, Museum Director Jan Petersen takes us on a tour…

Announcing Rodeo In Reno And Abroad For Decades

Apr 17, 2018
David Calvert

Niche Podcast highlights people with unique passions and hobbies. Bob Tallman and Wayne Brooks have been announcing rodeo for decades all across the U.S., including Reno, and talked with Niche producers Joey Lovato and David Calvert.

Noah Glick

The 33rd annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is underway in Elko. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick is there and reports this year, event organizers and performers are putting more of an emphasis on storytelling.

Pray our blessing, our amen

and all together find our way

oh my tribeswomen, my tribesmen

For there’s but one way back to glory,

oh kith and kin,

and that’s through story.

courtesy andyhedges.com

Elko's 32nd annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrapped up this weekend with song, dance and spoken word. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there and talked with a Texas performer who's among the younger generation trying to keep this folk tradition alive. Below are excerpts of their conversation.

Andy Hedges hails from Lubbock, Texas, where at the age of 14 he began playing guitar and collecting traditional cowboy poems and folk songs introduced to him by his father.