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Tío Cowboy chronicles the life and achievements of legendary rancher, calf roper, and professional rodeo performer Juan Light Salinas. The son of a prominent South Texas rancher, Juan Salinas was born in 1901 and learned to ride a horse and to rope cattle during his early childhood. During the 1930s and 1940s, he became one of the first Mexican American cowboys to perform on the professional rodeo circuit. Author Ricardo D. Palacios was Tío Juan's nephew and number one fan. The book is a moving tribute to his uncle, who at one time enjoyed celebrity status in the South Texas Brush Country north of Laredo.


Original published version available at https://doi.org/10.1353/swh.2008.0007

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Southwestern Historical Quarterly



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