The Western Folklife Center's media department brings you the voices, faces and places of the rural West. Through features for National Public Radio, documentaries for PBS, CDs, and stories on our blog, we tell the stories of people and communities that are overlooked by mainstream media. We believe that America's cultural map should not be charted only by search engines, that the most powerful stories often lie tucked away in out of the way places, and that the beauty and innovation found in rural America hold lessons for the rest of us.Share this article with others

Healing the Warrior's Heart

The Western Folklife Center's public television documentary Healing the Warrior's Heart aired on KUED Channel 7 in Salt Lake City on Monday, November 10, 2014, in honor of Veterans Day, and rebroadcast on Sunday, November 16. Healing the Warrior's Heart recently won the LA Skins Fest award for Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking. The film was screened at the 7th annual festival which took place in Los Angeles in mid-November 2014. Skins Fest is a showcase for documentaries and films about Native American topics.

Nominated for a 2015 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award
for Best Cultural Documentary!


Fiddlers' Pilgrimage: The Weiser Legacy

Banner for the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest
Fiddlers' Pilgrimage: The Weiser Legacy explores the reasons that oldtime fiddling is thriving in our time, and why Weiser, Idaho, is the western mecca for this traditional art form. Western Folklife Center producers attended the 60th National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival and joined players and their devoted fans for this defining cultural event which each June transforms this tiny community of farmers and ranchers. Listen to the Fiddlers' Pilgrimage Radio Special:

Listen to the Fiddlers Pilgrimage Radio Special (59 minutes)

A Prayerful Song of Thanks

Kristina Olsen, photo courtesy of the artist Songwriter and troubadour Kristina Olsen says she was seeking perspective when she wrote her song Prayer Flags, our latest What's in a Song that aired on NPRs Weekend Edition Saturday,  December 29, 2012.

Length: 3:07 ~  Listen.