Henry Kelsey: First in the West

Henry Kelsey’s contribution to our nation’s history is manifold: he is regarded as the first European to see the Canadian Prairies, musk oxen, grizzly bears and the buffalo. He is credited with the first peace treaties with First Nations tribes west of York Factory. He is documented as being one of the first to search …

Cowboy Collaboration: Conversation with the Masters

Within the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), collaborative projects stem from the opportunity to work with other artists who are at the top of their respective fields. The results are some incredible works of art that would not be possible without the efforts and relationships between these makers. “When you are up to your eyeballs …

Making a Master: Silversmith Scott Hardy

Western silversmithing is a unique art with numerous technical and creative demands. Scott Hardy of Longview, Alta., has 38 years of experience in mastering his skills as a craftsman and artist. His efforts have ensured that Western silversmithing will continue to progress into the future through his involvement with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA). …

Cowboy Poetry: My Partner

See that ranahan sittin’ over there Cheerful as hell without a care? Last night in a red-hot poker game We were playing it close, but he looked the same He bluffed out my three-of-a-kind with the pair And yet he calls himself my Partner. I loan him ten bucks and he goes to town Gets …