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The Basques came to Nevada during the gold rush in the mid-1800s, and many found that they could make a better living by supplying the miners with meat and wool. Their reputation as expert sheep farmers and herders grew, and that heritage has been preserved among the generations of Basque descendants in the West.
“Basques & Buckaroos: Herding Cultures of Basin, Range and Beyond” is the theme for the 34th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, Tuesday-Saturday, January 30-February 3. Learn about the Basque and cowboy herding traditions through music, poetry readings, film screenings, demonstrations, lectures, and workshops.
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the nation’s original cowboy poetry and music festival. Learn more about the gathering.
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