Continuing on with my Mexican Cowboy images. Another name for Mexican Cowboys is vaquero (pronounced baˈkeɾo) which means herder of cattle. These horse-mounted livestock herders come from a tradition that originated on the Iberian Peninsula. Today the vaquero is still a part of the doma vaquera, the Spanish tradition of working riding. The vaquero traditions developed in Mexico from methodology brought to North America from Spain became the foundation for the North American cowboy.
The vaqueros of the Americas were the horsemen and cattle herders of Spanish Mexico, and first came to California in 1687, and later with expeditions in 1769 and 1774.
They were actually the first cowboys in the region.
As you can see there still plenty in Mexico that may not necessarily be ‘real’ cowboys but that hat is still pretty popular especially in Guadalajara.
Leaning Mexican Cowboy in Guadalajara, Mexico To see a larger image or to see purchase options click on the image
One thing I noticed In Mexico was the number of “Mexican Cowboys”. Older guys wearing the Stetson. In fact Stetson is actually a brand of Cowboy Hat and the founder of the company, John Batterson Stetson, is created with its creation. So the term “Cowboy Hat” is the proper generic description but I digress. A Mexican cowboy is normally referred to as a Caballero, which is literally translated as’ gentleman and in the mixed history of North and Central America, The Spanish brought the concept with them. More in the next post. I love the look of this guy, cigarette and all.
Mexican cowboy at El Parian, Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara, Mexico To see a larger image or to see purchase options click on the image
Palacio del Gobierno is Guadalajara’s government palace. Built from 1883 to 1892, the palace was built using two architectural styles known as Tuscan (main floor) and Dorian (upper floor).
From February 14 to March 20, 1858, the building was the official seat of the Mexican federal government, when President Benito Juarez and his cabinet resided in Guadalajara during the Reform War.
But what the Palace is known for is the gigantic murals by the famed muralist Jose Clemente Orozco. The mural above the main staircase of Miguel Hidalgo, the father of Mexican Independence was painted in 1937. This mural shows Hidalgo brandishing a fiery torch at shadowy figures representing oppression and slavery.
Mural by Jose Clemente Orozco in Palacio de Gobierno, Guadalajara, Mexico
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I have generally found that bars are the most interesting places to visit when travelling. There if it’s not a tourist hot spot, you usually get to see the locals at play. In Guadalajara the guide books direct you too Bar La Fuente and yet when we where there the were no tourists to been seen. Just guys sitting up at the bar and mixed groups at tables all singing along to the live singer and his small two piece band. When the music stops the guys get up and sing to any female close by and this case it was one of us who was treated to a Spanish version of what sounded like That’s Amore but in truth could have been anything. One of these romantic boys was actually a tourist guide who earlier that day took us on a tour of one of Guadalajara’s impressive buildings that contained murals by the famous 1940′s Painter & Muralist Orozco.
last year we spent a few weeks in mexico. we were there for dia de muertos (the day of the dead) festival which was fascinating.
there were only two photographic challenges for me in mexico:
what not to shoot and to make sure that we did the country and its people justice. you’ll find some of our best efforts here.
this one of a catrina (skeleton or skull) was taken in guadalajara, mexico’s second biggest city and arguably the most mexican. its the home of tequila, mariachi music and the mexican hat dance.