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Native American Grass Dancer at Old West Pow Wow, 1992
Native American Grass Dancer at Old West Pow Wow, 1992. Photo courtesy Old West Days

Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Old West Days)

This four-day event is held the first weekend in October in Valentine, Nebraska. Daytime poetry reading sessions are free and open to anyone with a poem to read or a song to sing. Participants need not have cowboy backgrounds, but there is always a contingent of authentic cowboy poets eager to share their experiences through poetry. Featured professional poets and musicians are heard in two evening performances, and there is a music and yodeling performance Saturday afternoon. A special children's poetry reading is held, along with a workshop in western culture for children. Other featured events include an old-fashioned melodrama performance, a Native American powwow, a western art and trade show, a display of bit and spur collections, a mountain man rendezvous, an all-horse parade, and a trail ride. Held since 1992, the celebration is documented in text, photographs, an audio tape, promotional materials, and souvenir bandanas.

Originally submitted by: J. Robert Kerrey, Senator.

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