Texas Tech University

Vaqueros: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

Opening Reception: January 22, 2019

6:30 – 7:30 PM

International Cultural Center - 601 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, Texas

On exhibit January 15 – March 15, 2019 in the galleries of the International Cultural Center

In the early 1970s, noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered Bill Wittliff a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. This exhibition features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle.


Photograph by Bill Wittliff, 1971.

Companion Exhibit: National Ranching Heritage Center's “The History of Beef Cattle Breeds”

Opening receptions for both exhibits: January 22, 2019

National Ranching Heritage Center: 5:00 – 6:30

Short Lecture by Dr. Ryan Rathmann, Ph.D, TTU Department of Animal and Food Science

Refreshments from Red Raider Meats

International Cultural Center: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Desserts from south of the border

"This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities."