“Back in 2008 the Hualapai tribe started the Hualapai junior rodeo. 50/50 participation of boys and girls participating in the rodeo and the community members that competed in those rodeos have gone on to ranching on their own.”

Winkie Crook, 34
Peach Springs, Arizona

 
 
 
 

You’ll find rancher and community organizer Winkie Crook, just off Route 66. When he’s not busy working his ranch, or at his job with the Hualapai Department of Natural Resources, he’s helping keep Hualapai horsemanship alive. Winkie teaches essential rodeo skills to anyone who wants to learn. He also founded the Hualapai Jr. Rodeo in 2008. His daughter Amery, and nieces Taylor, Tacey, Teagan, Talicyn and Teius, all join in with the lessons.

 
 
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We have always ridden together.
A thunder of hooves, a rising prayer, roping in the sky as one.


 
 

Community-run efforts like Hualapai Junior Rodeo are essential to instilling a sense of pride and healthy competition. Participation also creates and cements life-long friendship between young Hualapai, while giving them the skills they need to become successful ranchers on their own.

 
 
 
 

Roping skills are also practised at the ranch. Here we see Hezekiah, Riley, and Donald being taught by Cleveland Fielding.

 
 
 
 
 

The Hualapai, meaning People of the Tall Pines, tribe have always lived along the Colorado River. They call the river “Ha’yiđađa, the life-giving spine that sustains the tribe. Today, there are around 2,300 Hualapai, with more than half living on the 2,960 km2 reservation.

 
 
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