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Film to focus on old-time ranching

Pioneer Bluffs in Matfield Green is seeking to identify older Flint Hills ranchers or ranch-hands with interesting stories to tell for a new short film.

“Tallgrass Tales,” financed by Humanities Kansas, will examine the culture and tradition of women and men working in the Flint Hills cattle industry.

Filmmaker Mark Feiden of Roeland Park will record interviews and produce the film.

“Someone who is 80 years old today and who grew up in farming and ranching has witnessed considerable change,” Feiden said in a Pioneer Bluffs release. “They knew the ranch before cattle trucks and stock trailers, and they likely knew the county before paved roads and rural electrification.

“Many of them spent their days on horseback, routinely drove cattle between distant pastures, and worked livestock without the aid of pens and chutes. If we wish to preserve the timbre of a largely bygone era, we must act now.”

People aware of potential participants in addition to those already lined up are being urged to contact Pioneer Bluffs executive director Lynn Smith said at or (620) 753-3484.

The film will be shown this fall at Pioneer Bluffs.

Last modified April 11, 2019