National Cowboy Museum exhibit 'Caballeros y Vaqueros' tells the global origin story of the cowboy
'Caballeros y Vaqueros': National Cowboy Museum explores global origins of cowboys and their gear with bilingual exhibit.
When people think of famous cowboys, they often conjure up Hollywood images of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood or Roy Rogers.
Historically speaking, there's one notable problem with that image.
"For the longest time, cowboydom was only just white guys, and everybody took their cue from films and popular culture and fiction, etc. But what you saw in film was not the truth; it's all mythology. So, scholarship continued in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, up into the current times," said Michael Grauer, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture.
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