Vol. 40 (2017)
Research Project Cultural Resources and Human Dimensions

Field school for cultural documentation: Jackson Hole dude ranching traditions

Andrea Graham
Associate Research Scientist, American Studies Program, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
A woman holding a microphone up to a man in front of a log cabin
Published December 15, 2017

Abstract

A two-week field school in cultural documentation and folklife provided training in ethnographic methods, with a focus on researching dude ranching traditions in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Eleven students and five faculty worked with the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park to conduct 24 interviews with members of the Turner family (who founded and manage the ranch), employees, and guests, and to document buildings, landscapes, and activities on the ranch. Guests and employees value the genuine hospitality of the Turners, and the fact that the Triangle X is one of the few remaining old-style dude ranches that used to be numerous in the valley.

 

Featured photo from figure 2 in report.