Vaquero:

The Forgotten Cowboy

Special

National Airdate: January 8, 1988

Network: PBS

 

Narrated by Henry Darrow.

 

The unsung hero of the American West is the Mexican American "Vaquero," literally translated as "cowboy" in the Spanish language. Today, there are only a handful of these descendants of America's first cowboys since a rapidly changing industry has quickly made this lifestyle obsolete. Shot on location in South Texas, this moving documentary pays homage to a breed of men that history has overlooked as they continue a trade from an era gone by.

 

Special collector's DVD has both the English and Spanish Versions of Vaquero and a bonus track of La Mujer en el Rancho, documentary short that examines the role of women in the ranching culture of South Texas from 1750 to the present, exploring the sources of these roles in Mexican and Spanish cultures.

 

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