Photo exhibit documents lives of cowgirls

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"Talli on Cattle Drive," by Ronnie Farley

PENDLETON -- The photographic exhibition, "Cowgirls: Contemporary Portraits of the American West," will open Aug. 12 at Tam?°stslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd.

The exhibit reveals the complex, unglamorous, yet often-inspiring reality of women steeled by ranch life in the modern west. It will run through Oct. 9.

During its run, the exhibit will be supplemented with historic photos and public programming around the topics of local cowgirls and the interface of tribal culture with cowgirl culture. More than a dozen local personalities will be represented in the exhibit, including female saddle bronc riders, horse trainers, trick riders, jockeys and ranchers.

The exhibit features 30 photographs by Ronnie Farley. Farley spent three years documenting the lives of two very different kinds of cowgirls -- women ranchers and rodeo contestants.

Farley's work has appeared in Rolling Stone, USA Today, Sierra Magazine, and the Sunday Times of London.

For more information, call Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, 541-966-9748 or visit tamastsliikt.org. Tam?°stslikt is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

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