Gardians of the Camargue: The French Buckaroo Tradition

Entrance to Gardians of the Camargue Exhibit  January 23 to June 30, 2007
Western Folklife Center
Wiegand Gallery
501 Railroad Street
Elko Nevada

This exhibition, curated by Lorraine d’Entremont Rawls with interpretive assistance from Guy de Galard, provides a revealing view of an ancient way of life still maintained in the Camargue region of southern France. Lorraine d’Entremont Rawls, photographer Kevin Martini-Fuller and filmmaker Gail Steiger traveled to this area over the past five years to visit ranches and meet with gardians (cowboys) to learn about this occupational culture and its relationship to other horseback cultures worldwide.

The Gardians of the Camargue ExhibitLorraine’s pursuit has culminated in the production of this traveling exhibition featuring the black and white photographic work of Kevin Martini-Fuller, the color photography of Lorraine d’Entremont Rawls, the interpretive paintings of Karen Foster-Wells, tools and clothing unique to the Camargue and the traditional poetry of Provence. Visitors can also view video footage of traditional gardian activities shot and edited by Gail Steiger.

 Learning about the Camargue Bulls on Video Thank you to the following individuals and institutions for their contributions to Gardians of the Camargue: International Game Technology, Nevada Arts Council, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Maison du Cheval Camargue, Mas Les Marquises - The Laurent Family, Eric Forbeaux and Guy de Galard.
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For more on the gardian culture, read the Postcard from Camargue, France, sent to us the summer of 2005 by Executive Director, Charlie Seeman, while he was in France doing the necessary Folklife Center fieldwork for the 23rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.