The Heart Of The Cowboy
65 minute documentary DVD $20.00
“California Saddle Maker Garry McClintock and photographer Eve Ewing have 65 years combined experience exploring the remote depths of Baja California, where the nearly self-sustaining Californios still live, ranch, and ride horses and mules. In the 65 minute documentary they take you on a cinematic journey to remote ranches to meet the kind, hardworking Californios who live much as their ancestors did 300 years ago.
The Californios featured in the film are descendants of the Soldados de Cuera, the soldiers who came from Mexico in the 18th century to work with Jesuit missionaries to bring Christianity, farming, and ranching to the new Western frontier. As the soldiers and missionaries pressed into Alta California or Upper California, some stayed behind in Baja, or lower, California. Today their relatives continue to farm and ranch in an unforgiving land of little rain.
The 3,000 remaining members of this culture live on remote ranchos, many of which can only be reached by a five-hour mule ride into the rugged mountains. They’re a people of honor, dignity and respect, who are true to their values and traditions. Survival is dependent upon maintaining partnerships with each other, as well as their faith, animals and the land.
Through the film, viewers see the harmony, hospitality and humor of the members of the culture as they show their livestock and agricultural traditions. Besides the observations from McClintock and Ewing, the documentary also includes commentary from Baja California historian Harry Crosby and Fermin Reygadas a professor of History and Archeology at the University of La paz, Baja California Sur.”
Jennifer Dennison. WESTERN HORSEMAN Oct 2011