8 SIGNS OF THE PRESENT COWBOY
The word "cowboy" is fixed in English since 1725. It meant the rider hired to watch over the herd. During the time of the American Revolution (1775–1783), the word sounded…

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American cowboy
Corpus has published a book by the British historian Eric Hobsbaum. Analyzing the most diverse trends in art and social thought, from classical music to the artistic avant-garde of the…

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Unlikely story
In the winter of 1869, the seventeen-year-old Hardin drove into Tovash - one of the many towns where brothels, saloons and gambling houses worked around the clock. Hardin, as always,…

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not herded cattle

Movie heroes and their prototypes: the Hollywood myth about cowboys turned out to be far from reality

Elements of a cowboy image: hat, scarf, plaid shirt

The dashing heroes from American Westerns, scorching from two-handed colts, are nothing more than fiction, another Hollywood myth that significantly distorts reality. In fact, in the daily life of cowboys there was much less heroism, romance and firing from revolvers. What really were the dashing guys of the Wild West, who became symbols of American culture?

The screen image of a cowboy is a handsome macho man of European appearance, hung with weapons. In fact, a third of the cowboys were black, freed and sought work, and a quarter were Indians! Not all of them could afford weapons: a cowboy (that is, a “shepherd”) earned an average of $ 25 a month, and weapons at that time were more expensive. Continue reading

What did the cowboys do for fashion?

Recognizable image

He put on a poncho and jeans or boots with a narrowed cape and a wide leather belt, a hat and a shirt with braid, a bandana or a bolo tie (aka a cowboy tie) – and it’s immediately clear: this is a cowboy style. In order to become like the hero of a western, it is not necessary to dress up in a full-fledged costume: the inhabitants of the West and the filmmakers have done enough to ensure that each individual part of the wardrobe sends the viewer to the familiar image of a rider jumping along the prairies. Continue reading

Europeans were still more attracted by Indians

Cowboy did become a frequent hero of tabloid novels and large-circulation newspapers in the 1870–80s, but, as Lonn Taylor convincingly showed, his image, although heroic, was not uniform. In the 1880s, he turns out to be more antisocial: “a rude, dangerous, recalcitrant and daring individualist,” in any case, when fate confronts him with a sedentary urban population. The new image was created by the middle class of Eastern America, where farming was very strong, and this image was very literary. This can be seen not only from a comparison of the cowboys with the medieval knights of Thomas Malory and the popularity of the one-on-one duel at exactly noon, like a knightly duel, but also from the European origin of some “western” topoi. Continue reading

Wild West
Obviously, many of the white characters in the original Wild West epos were, in a certain sense, outcasts or refugees from “civilization”, but the main thing in their position was,…

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Wild West: Montana Horses - The Last Montana Cowboys
Tall boots, a wide-brimmed hat and a scarf around the neck, as well as an invariable six-shot colt - of course, we are talking about cowboys. During the existence of…

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Experienced cowboy
So why did it take a dramatic increase in the number of shepherds? The fact is that grass grew on the endless plains of the West, which easily tolerated not…

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Сowboy tradition
It so happened that the unprecedented popularity of Winnethe (the first volume of the trilogy was written in 1893) coincided with the discovery (or creation) of the idealized cowboy of…

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