Buckaroos Then and Now
Stewart, Leslie J.
Wilson, William A. (William Albert)
Ninety Six Ranch
- Buckaroos Then and Now
- Contributor Names
- Stewart, Leslie J. (Narrator)
- Fleischhauer, Carl (Interviewer)
- Wilson, William A. (William Albert), 1933- (Interviewer)
- Created Published
- April 9, 1981
- Subject Headings
- - Ninety-Six Ranch
- - Activities
- - Buckarooing
- - Buckaroos
- - Interviews
- - Ethnography
- - Les Stewart compares buckarooing in the past and in the present. Recorded in a barn on the 96 Ranch.
- - This comparison of buckaroos in "the old days" and today rang true for members of the folklife project team. We observed that the bunkhouse had largely given way to the mobile home for buckaroo housing, that many hired cowboys have families, and that a substantial amount of the work involves trucks and mechanized equipment. Les is not alone in the West in viewing these changes as necessary but not entirely agreeable. Later in the interview, Bert Wilson asked a related question about workers' "loyalty to the brand," a measure of their commitment to job and employer. Les said that he had seen this loyalty diminish during his lifetime, and compared this change to broader social changes and a decline in patriotism in America.
- - Les's comparison of past and present buckaroos also pertains to the difference between his attitudes and his son's. Fred, a skillful rider and handler of cattle, lacks his father's profound affinity for livestock but has a great affection for motors and machinery. The implications of this for the ranch's future are the subject of "The 96 Ranch, Diversification, and the Future."
- Call Number
- AFC 1991/021: NV81-CF-R7
- Source Collection
- Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada,1945-1982 ([call number]), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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