The Wyoming Humanities Council is a program partner for the University of Wyoming Area and Global Studies “World to Wyoming Lecture Series: The Last of the First Skiers” featuring National Geographic correspondent Mark Jenkins in Eight Wyoming Communities in 2014.
Program Info for the Last of the First Skiers:
Deep in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia there is a ski culture that has survived unchanged for at least five thousand years. Wide, long, curve-tipped skis are hewn by axe from red spruce and the bases nailed with silky horsehair. The Kazakh and Tuvan tribesmen of the region use the skis to hunt elk. Guns are illegal, so they lasso the beasts from their skis—a primordial tableau that is depicted in local petroglyphs dating from 8000 BC. National Geographic writer and UW writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins lived and hunted with these extraordinary skiers in winter 2013.
- Thursday, January 23rd in Jackson Hole at the Center for the Arts, 6 pm
- Monday, March 3rd in Torrington at Eastern Wyoming College, Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 pm
- Wednesday, March 5th in Powell at Northwest College, Faberberg Room 70, 7 pm
- Thursday, March 6th in Cody at the Park County Library, Grizzly Room, 5:30 pm
- Tuesday, March 11th in Laramie at the University of Wyoming, Education Auditorium, 7 pm
- Thursday, March 13th in Cheyenne at LCCC, Union Pacific Centennial Room of the CCI Building, 5:30 pm
- Wednesday, March 26th in Rock Springs at Western Wyoming College, Main Campus Room 1005, 6 pm
- Thursday, March 27th in Riverton at Central Wyoming College, Health and Science Center Auditorium, 7 pm