In word and picture, a pleasantly casual introduction to the original cowboy- the vaquero- who preceded his Texan counterpart by eighty years. Here you will find indigenous information on the vaquero, his life and times during the days of the early Californian friars and missions and cattle- left in the custody of the vaqueros, part Indian, part Mexican. Roundups and rodeos; costumes, mounts and equipment; the ""amansador"" with his special superiority as a bronc buster; the booming hide- and- tallow trade; all this plays a part in this story of a little known figure in a popular profession. Jo Mora is also the artist-author of Trail Dust and Saddle Leather (1946) which Scribner published. The market will be regional- chiefly- with an additional audience among young boys.