California poet Dick Gibford has come to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko since 1985, and also buckarooed in Elko County as a young man in the early 1970s. We spoke with him in the Deep West Sheep Camp at the 2009 Gathering about his history, world view, and sense of spirituality. He also left us with a poem, "By the Painted Gate."
Each year at the Gathering and at other events throughout the region, the Western Folklife Center invites everyone to sign up to be interviewed and join the ranks of people who have recorded their stories and experiences in the Deep West "Tell Your Story" Sheep Camp, a portable recording studio. The stories then become a part of the permanent oral history and story collections of the Western Folklife Center Archives.
This podcast was drawn from the Western Folklife Center's archival audio material.