Fun History Fact: The overwhelming majority of cowboys in the U.S. were Indigenous, Black, and/or Mexican persons. The omnipresent white cowboy is a Hollywood studio concoction meant to uphold the mythology of white masculinity.
I will always re-blog this
I think it was high school when i overheard some white girl put on her best semi-disgusted and confused voice and go “why do so many Mexicans dress up like cowboys?” and I had to be the person to tell her.
Why do you think the whites say buckero? Cause they couldn’t say vaquero.
The first cattle trail was founded by a Cherokee man called Jesse Chisholm.
He was also an aid, interpreter and diplomat of several Cherokee
tribes, who lead groups of Native Americans away from battles during
Civil War since they feared they would be killed in the fighting, as
well as being the forefather of cowboys.
Being a cowboy was a really shitty job, it paid next to nothing, it
was lonely, it was a massive physical strain on the body as well as
being flat out dangerous. Most cowboys died young, and the image we have
of cowboys today is a heavily bastardised version which Hollywood
strained through with a massive dose of nationalistic propaganda for
good measure. Most of the people who claim to love cowboys films would
have turned their nose up at real cowboys