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Gene T. Chávez, Speaker

Consultant on diversity issues and president of Chávez and Associates.

The Vaqueros

When Spanish settlers arrived in New Spain -- later Mexico and the American Southwest -- they brought with them the tradition of the Vaquero, a horse-mounted livestock herder that originated on the Iberian Peninsula of Europe. As American settlers moved west, they adopted methods of the Vaqueros for managing large herds of cattle. In the 1870s, demand for beef grew and the cattle industry boomed. Massive cattle drives to railroads in towns like Garden City, Dodge City, and Abilene required the unique skills of Hispanic, Black, American Indian, and white cowboys of the Vaquero tradition. This presentation highlights the culture of the Vaquero, including the development of the corrido, a form of ballad popular among cowboys. 

Contact Gene directly about speaking at your event:
913/486-2213
gtchavez45@gmail.com

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