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Posted on 08/27/2012 6:11:33 AM PDT by Daffynition
Breath-taking photographs have captured America's last cowboys, as the age-old profession, or art-form, all but dies out.
A national icon, and an integral part of the country's story, the cowboy is a romantic, rugged metaphor for America's frontier past -- and one that has captivated Hollywood for decades.
For years, photographer Adam Jahiel has been taking pictures of the cowboys of Nevada's Great Basin, perhaps one of the most inhospitable regions of the already harsh West.
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The Last Cowboys: Real Americans....the few...very few....damn few...
The one where all the horses are in a circle, facing out, is interesting. I wonder what the hell is going on?
Great pictures..however, no side arms or saddle rings that I could see in ANY picture...must have been after 1900....
LOl, a lot of those pictures could have come out of my family album. My husband’s grandfather took pictures of everything from Pancho Villa’s raid to everyday cowboy life and his mother always photographed brandings.
The Great Basin is a harsh, austere work of natural art. My work takes me there regularly. And, yes, I often stumble upon herds of wild horses.
Interestingly enough, I occasionally stumble upon the "cousin" of the cowboy -- the shepherd. In some very remote places in the mountains and valleys of northern Nevada, I'll run into a lone Basque shepherd (often with dogs) tending to a large flock of free-ranging sheep. I'll find their tiny trailers out in these remote places too.
In the most beautiful state in the Union, Nevada keeps the tradition of the Romantic West alive.
Thanks for sharing these photos!
Great photos! I love one of the comments posted by a female reader from London: “I bet those men don’t get their eyebrows plucked and chests waxed, Hmmm.......lovely !”
They are tied up -— to a line that’s been staked in a circle. Cowboys are choosing their horses for the day.
looks like they’re tied dowm
America’s last cowboys?
The ‘journalist’/photographer apparently has not been in the western USA.
There are still many real cowboys.
Awesome pics. I think that it’s interesting that Hollywood got a lot of the imagery right.
If you close you'll see they're tied to a picket line
If you look close you'll see they're tied to a picket line
It looks like some of them are 1970-80s time period. In one pic I see a modern looking plastic spray bottle. Still great pictures!
The last pic has a pair of Nikes. I didn’t know Nike was such an iconic 19th Century company.
Looks like a wild horse round up? Circled up and tied to a picket line sounds right. And, as someone said, you can tell the “real” cowboys from the wanna be’s quite easily. The ruggedness of NV is why we decided to leave FL and move here. I heard someone comment that the closest thing to Afghanistan (terrain wise) is NV. Now, if we could just get rid of hairy reed and the clowns in Vegas. LOL! Northern NV ROCKS!
Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.
When I run across photos like these, my heart laments, that my little grand daughter is growing up without the advantage of cowboy heroes like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.
Instead she is exposed to androgynous figures like Lady Gaga and Justin Beeper. Ick. :(
Great old pictures but there ARE still cowboys out there, LOTS of cowboys. They don’t drive herds of cattle for hundreds of miles across the country but they still round them up and put them on tractor trailer trucks and they are hauled to market. Then they put their horses and dogs into trailers and haul them back home.
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