nativo explores cowboy symbolism in relation to the charreada, a mexican rodeo whose traditions pre-date the frontiersman folklore of the american west. the images illuminate how the globally recognized texan icons – the horse, the lasso, the typically white male –are deeply rooted in the strong and distinctive hispanic culture. 

i hope that this project, in honoring the modern day charros and their role in the development of texan mythology, challenges the prevailing narratives and brings some nuance and humility to the ongoing debate about american identity.