"I said, 'You are a vaquero.'
His manner did not grow more intimate, but his shoulders squared and he looked me in the face.
'Vaquero, si!' he said. 'Soy vaquero!'
He knew what he was and was proud of it, and I knew that his pride was valid."
–from John Graves's introduction to Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy by Bill Wittliff