|The Vaquero was in Texas before there was a Texas. They came north from Mexico with the big Spanish land grants of the 18th century. Descended from a long, illustrious line of mounted riders, the Vaquero can trace his ancestry many hundreds of years ago to the North African riders of Morocco, to the original Vaqueros in Spain, and to Mexico. When Captain King and other early ranchers came into South Texas and began amassing huge swathes of land, it was the Vaquero who enabled him to go into the cattle business. It was the Vaquero who taught the Anglo cowboy everything he needed to know about cattle and horses. We all know that the Anglo cowboy has been celebrated endlessly. The Vaquero, unfortunately has often been overlooked.
The world of the Vaquero may be moving from the realistic to the mythic. El Vaquero Real is a mosaic of images, impressions, and history, of the life that was and life that is, a tribute to the Vaquero: heritage; style; equipment; factual data; numbers in their heyday, how many there are today, the importance to the Latino culture and the larger culture of America.
JOHN DYER is a native of Montana but adopted San Antonio over 30 years ago and has never regretted it. He is an award-winning people shooter who has shot for, among others, Texas Monthly, Esquire, Elle, Time, Newsweek, Men's Journal, Reader's Digest, Inside Sports, People, Departures, Fortune, Smart Money and US Magazine.
A multi-city museum exhibit opens at the Witte Museum in San Antonio in conjunction with the release.