A Cowhands Song


About the Film

This evocative documentary examines the plight of the ranchers of Nevada and California, who find their grazing areas increasingly threatened by many groups (even environmentalists) competing for use of the same public lands on which these ranchers depend. With its graceful images and emphasis on community and continuity, A Cowhand's Song makes a strong case for the preservation of a traditional way of life.


  • • Red Ribbon, American Film Festival
  • • CINE Golden Eagle Award
  • • Best Agricultural Film,
  • Zaragoza Film Festival, Spain


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Gwendolyn Clancy, Nancy Kelly, the distributor, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Gwendolyn Clancy, Nancy Kelly
  • Produced by: Gwendolyn Clancy, Nancy Kelly
  • Cinematographer: G. Clancy. John Knoop, Tom West
  • Sound: Nancy Kelly
  • Editor: G. Clancy, N. Kelly
  • Other Credits: Lige Langston
  • Funding: California Council for the Humanities, Nevada Humanities Committee, National Endowment for the Humanities Youth Grants
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1981, Gwendolyn Clancy & Nancy Kelly
  • 30mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Agriculture Rural Life Social Justice/Protest