Another story was under way. And after seeing Senor Campos, paintings and this entire colourful exhibition we couldn't help but compare the life of the Argentine
gaucho with that of our own cowboy.
And they reached way back into Texas to find a leading man. From the windswept plains of Montana to the sunbaked banks of the Rio Grande over countless miles of mountain and prairie untouched and unsullied by the mercenary hand of civilization roams a tough, hardy and heroic breed of man: the North American cowboy. Strong, silent and weather-beaten. GOOFY: Howdy, strangers. NARRATOR: This colourful cowhand of the great West has his counterpart in the South American gaucho. Over land and sea, over rugged mountains and dense jungles down across the equator to the lush, grassy pampas of the Argentine the home of the gaucho. Now,
the cowboys of both Americas have much in common although their costume differs in a few minor details.
We substitute bombachas for chaps; the sombrero. Then there's the saco, the tirador the chiri and the panuelo. Then, finally, we have the poncho which just about covers everything.
The gaucho's closest friend and inseparable companion is his horse, or pingo.
Quickly the gaucho reaches for his lasso! Twirling the rawhide above his head, he deftly tosses the noose about the horse's neck and easily subdues the spirited animal with the help of the snubbing post or palenque. Thanks to the palenque, or snubbing post
the horse is soon brought under control and is ready for the saddle.
While it appears complex at first glance adding the cinchas, bastos, sheepskin, pigskin bridle, bit and, finally, the gaucho. When riding the range at night the saddle may be quickly converted into a bed, or catre. HORSE: Bed? NARRATOR: One of the gaucho's favourite sports is the asado or Argentine barbecue. Over an open charcoal fire thick, juicy, tender steaks are prepared. And, amigos, it fairly melts in your mouth. GOOFY: Like a noodle. NARRATOR: The gaucho's method of eating looks quite simple yet requires a certain amount of practice. The bread and meat are held in one hand the knife in the other. Note the action of wrist and elbow as knife and food synchronize in deft, graceful rhythm. One, two, bite, cut, chew. Yes, it is this wholesome diet that builds the gaucho's nerves of steel and muscles of iron. And now the boleadoras, or bolas. The bolas consists of three lead weights covered with rawhide and is often used for sport, such as capturing that swift-moving bird of the pampas, the Argentine ostrich or avestruz. Unlike most members of the ostrich family the avestruz is not equipped with ornamental tail plumage. Its slender legs make excellent targets for the bolas. ARGENTINE OSTRICH: Did he say bolas? Carumba!