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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Texas

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El Charro, or man on horseback, has represented the spirit of independent Mexico since he played an important role in the 1821 revolution. He is the Mexican version of the American cowboy, only much older, arising from the ranch culture first brought to Mexico by the Spanish.

The charreada is his rodeo, his opportunity to show off both his skills with rope and horse and his decorative, elegant costume. It is at the center of Mexican heritage and self-image, a source of mythology and genuine heroes that has been brought to Texas by immigrants. And since 1989, it has included women, charras, who participate in elaborate and difficult riding formations. San Antonio photographer Al Rendon has taken this ideal subject for the camera and created a collection of splendid sepia photographs reproduced in duotone. The photos juxtapose the grit of the arena with the poise and polish of the charros, charras, and their horses.

The essays, by Julia Hambric, Bryan Woolley, and F. E. Abernethy, describe the history of the charreada and its roots in Mexican culture. Hambric

Author Biography

Al Rendon is the owner of Rendon Photography & Fine Art in San Antonio. A photogrpaher since he has been able to hold a camera, his images have appeared in Newsweek, USA Today, Texas Monthly, and numerous other books and magazines F. E. Abernethy is the executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society and Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University Julia Hambric holds degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and is currently teaching in the Ysleta Independent School District Bryan Woolley is features writer for The Dallas Morning News

Table of Contents

About the Photographer viii
Bruce Shackelford
Preface xi
Francis Edward Abernethy
Acknowledgments xv
Al Rendon
Charreria: From Spain to Texas
Francis Edward Abernethy
Charro Regalia
Julia Hambric
La Vida del Charro
Bryan Woolley
The Events in the Charreada
Julia Hambric
La Escaramuza
Julia Hambric
Index 97

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