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American Cowboy | Traditional American way of life | Documentary | 1950

● Please SUPPORT my work on Patreon: ● Visit my 2ND CHANNEL: ►Facebook: ►Twitter: ►Google+: ✚ Check out my “Old America” PLAYLIST: A metropolitan reporter spends a year on a Cattle ranch (Gunnison, Colorado) to find out what life is like as a cowboy. This film offers an interesting and fairly complete snapshot of the life of ranchers and ranchers in the 1950’s. By this time, some aspects of livestock farming had been modernized, but others were virtually unchanged from the free-range days of the 19th century. A full year of cowboy activities are featured, including branding, driving cattle into summer pastures, winter feeding in raging snowstorms, rodeos, haymaking and driving cattle to market. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * A cowboy is a herder who herds cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a variety of other ranch-related duties. The historical American cowboy of the late 19th century emerged from the vaquero traditions of northern Mexico and became a figure of particular importance and legend. A sub-type called the wrangler specifically cares for the horses used to work cattle. In addition to working on the ranch, some cowboys work for or participate in rodeos. Cowgirls, first defined as such in the late 19th century, had a less well-documented historical role, but in the modern world they have gained the ability to work on virtually identical tasks and garner considerable respect for their accomplishments. Also in many other parts of the world, especially in South America and Australia, there are ranchers who do similar jobs as the cowboys do in their respective countries. The cowboy has deep historical roots stretching back to Spain and America’s earliest European settlers. Over the centuries, differences in terrain, climate, and the influence of pastoral traditions from multiple cultures created several distinct styles of equipment, clothing, and animal husbandry. As the ever-practical cowboy has adapted to the modern world, the cowboy’s equipment and techniques have also adapted to some extent, although many classic traditions are still preserved today. Cowboys in Popular Culture: When the frontier ended, cowboy life became heavily romanticized. Exhibitions such as Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show helped popularize the image of the cowboy as the idealized representative of the chivalric tradition. In today’s society there is little understanding of the daily realities of actual agricultural life. Cowboys are more often associated with (mostly fictional) Native American fights than with their actual lives as ranchers and ranchers. The cowboy is also portrayed as a male ideal. Actors like John Wayne are seen as embodying a cowboy ideal, although western films rarely bear much resemblance to real cowboy life. The modern rodeo competitor is arguably much closer to being a real cowboy, as many actually grew up on ranches and around cattle, and the rest had to learn cattle handling skills on the job. However, in the United States and western Canada, as well as Australia, guest ranches offer people the opportunity to ride horses and get a taste of western life – albeit with far greater comfort. Some ranches also offer vacationers the opportunity to perform cowboy duties by participating in cattle drives or escorting wagon trains. This type of vacation was popularized by the 1991 film City Slickers starring Billy Crystal. American Cowboy | Traditional American way of life | Documentary | 1950TBFA_0003


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