Filmmaker to give talk on cowgirls movie

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PENDLETON -- Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., hosts filmmaker Steve Wursta in a free public program 3 p.m. Sunday, as he discusses the 2010 film documentary, "From Cheyenne to Pendleton, the Rise and Fall of the Rodeo Cowgirl." He will screen portions of the film throughout his talk.

The documentary offers insight into the west and women's participation in the rodeo in the early decades of the 20th century. The film chronicles the lives of Idaho's Bonnie McCarroll, Colorado's Bertha Blancett and Washington's Mabel Strickland during the years 1904 through 1929. All three women have been inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.

The film aired on PBS stations across the country. It was an official selection of the Astoria International Film Festival and made its broadcast premiere on Idaho Public Television in November of 2010. For more information call 541-966-9748.

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