Rough Riding: Navajo Cowboys


Independent media company Vice recently aired a beautiful, wild series about the lives of the Navajo (Diné) cowboys on their VBS.TV site. These were all "Triple B Association" riders, meaning they competed in a bronc, bull, and barrel-racing league. More than 56 percent of Navajos live below the poverty line, with unemployment climbing to above 50 percent. Yet the Navajo retain vibrant cultural traditions, leading family-oriented and spiritual lives, and the rodeo offers them a measure of national exposure.

Vice's documentary is worth watching, not only for the hair raising Triple B competition but for the colorful, and proud, Navajo Cowboys that are its focus.