Today I’m featuring a photograph of gauchos boys taken by Juergen Klein from Dare2go Blog which he runs with his dear wife Yasha Langford.
Yasha and Juergen travel full-time in their moving home, Berta. They have been in South America for almost 2 years this time.
Photo Story: Gauchos Boys
This was a sight we had to stop for! We travel in our own vehicle and we move slowly. So, when something catches our eye, we almost always stop.
This can be for a brief period, or for days or weeks at a time.
On our way to Cordoba last year, we were driving into Villa Carlos Paz, about 30 kilometres east of the city. Suddenly Juergen braked and pulled off the road.
In a field, by the road, there were boys on horses. This is not an unusual sight, but in this case, there were boys as young as 6 or 7 and they were all dressed up in ‘gaucho-style’ gear.
The other thing we noticed was that they were competing against each other and they were taking it very seriously.
I wanted to call them cute, but I imagine they would frown at that description.
The gaucho culture and history has fascinated us as we’ve traveled through South America. It is very much a part of modern Argentina and Uruguay.
Sometimes you just see the horsemen doing their work with cattle, but they are always dressed in a particular way.
There are even roadside shrines to Gauchito Gil where people stop to pay homage to the spirit of the gaucho.
This competition that stopped us in our tracks is probably an important part of educating and training these gauchos boys in the traditions and skills required to be a part of this important cultural tradition.
We stayed and watched, in fascination, these little gauchos in the making.
A few days later we were lucky enough to witness a parade of almost 1000 gauchos as part of the feast day celebrations of Nuestra Señora de la Merced (Our Lady of Mercy) in Alta Gracia.
The Gauchos are considered her companions and protectors. One day these young gauchos boys will proudly join the parade for their saint.
A gaucho is a skilled horseman, reputed to be brave and unruly.
The gaucho is a national symbol in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
Gauchos became greatly admired and renowned in legends, folklore and literature and became an important part of their regional cultural tradition.
The gaucho in some respects resembled members of other nineteenth century rural, horse-based cultures such as the North American cowboy, the Chilean huaso, the Peruvian chalan or morochuco, the Venezuelan or Colombianllanero, the Hawaiian paniolo, the Mexican charro or the Portuguese campino.
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