Film, Video Buckaroo Clay Taylor Makes up his Bedroll at the Black Ridge Camp

About this Item

Title
Buckaroo Clay Taylor Makes up his Bedroll at the Black Ridge Camp
Contributor Names
Fleischhauer, Carl (Interviewer)
Smock, William (Interviewer)
Taylor, Clay (Narrator)
Created / Published
October 5, 1979
Subject Headings
-  Ninety-Six Ranch
-  Activities
-  Line camps
-  Trail Drive (1979)
-  Bedrolls
-  Black Ridge Camp
-  Buckaroos
-  Ethnography
-  Motion Pictures
Genre
Ethnography
Motion Pictures
Notes
-  Clay Taylor rolls up his bedding in a commercially-made canvas cover.
-  Canvas bedroll covers or tarps offer protection against dirt and the elements while the bed is on the ground or being transported. They are sold by supply houses and mail order stores like the J.M. Capriola Company of Elko, Nevada, the leading regional supplier of cowboy gear. In Capriola's 1982 catalog, the "Cowboy `Bed Roll' Tarp" is described as a seventeen-by seven-foot piece of 15-ounce, untreated canvas. The tarp is priced at $77.50, with straps costing an extra $19. The catalog description uses the term "old time," and Les says he thinks of them as a mark of the "old-time buckaroo." Bedroll contents and folding techniques vary. Some buckaroos use a thin mattress and blankets; others, including Les, use the tarp to enclose a sleeping bag. Clay's bedding is unusual in including a cowhide. When Les saw this footage, he pointed out that he folds his tarp so that the long flat section remains at the head of the bed, where he can pull it over his head if it rains. Clay's tarp could not be folded in this manner unless the snaps were moved. Two bedrolls rolled up for transportation lie on the ground behind Clay. (Further variations in form and material are described in Ward 1958, 47-48.)
-  A roof extends from one end of the Black Ridge cabin, creating a porch where four or five Army cots are set up. At the end of the video, Clay walks there and finds that all of the cots are spoken for, whereupon Tex Northrup offers his.
-  In the fall, the creek at Black Ridge dries up and there is no water for livestock. As Clay is making up his bed, his father, Henry, splashes water into a wash basin near the cabin. The soundtrack includes Henry's remark about one of the horses hearing the splash and jumping toward the sound.
Medium
16mm film
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1991/021: NV9-VT4
Source Collection
Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afc96ran.v009
Online Format
video

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Chicago citation style:

Fleischhauer, Carl, William Smock, and Clay Taylor. Buckaroo Clay Taylor Makes up his Bedroll at the Black Ridge Camp. October 5, 1979. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ncr002378/. (Accessed October 17, 2017.)

APA citation style:

Fleischhauer, C., Smock, W. & Taylor, C. (1979) Buckaroo Clay Taylor Makes up his Bedroll at the Black Ridge Camp. October 5. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ncr002378/.

MLA citation style:

Fleischhauer, Carl, William Smock, and Clay Taylor. Buckaroo Clay Taylor Makes up his Bedroll at the Black Ridge Camp. October 5, 1979. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/ncr002378/>.