Trappings of the Gaucho

Gaucho belt with silver coins  January 16 to June 21, 2006
Western Folklife Center
Exhibition Gallery
501 Railroad Street
Elko Nevada 

Leather and rawhide, silver and steel – materials universally used in the making of saddles, bridles, reins, bits and spurs. In the Americas, the first men who worked cattle on horseback used traditional Spanish-Moorish equipment and methods of horsemanship and cattle handling. Over time, those techniques and equipment were adapted to the demands of the diverse environments, resources, and cultural aesthetics that exist in the Americas. 

Trappings of the Gaucho gathers together examples of South American working gear and explores how these horsemen put their unique stamp on the craft. Fine braided rawhide work from Argentina, with selected examples from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s collection among the work featured.

Gaucho stirrupGaucho gear
Nevada Arts Council
George Gund III
International Game Technology

To learn more about the gaucho culture, we recommend the book,  The Gaucho Martin Fierro by Jose Hernandez.


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