September 18, national day of Chile where we celebrate the creation of the 1st Board of Governors in 1810. Although our real independence would take place eight years after the February 23, 1818, the independence anniversary was held in September.
This day and this week Chilean traditions revive and the Chilean people celebrate around food, drink, dancing and the “Rodeo” or “Huaso sport’ of Chile.
“Rodeo activity develops a”Crescent-shaped”where a pair of riders or” “collar” mounted on Chilean purebred horses, must drive and tackle a steer on three consecutive occasions over two quinchas padded, turns the tackle and the arreada. Not only matter the shortcut, but also the position of the rider and of the horse, the run with grace and naturalness. Other important figures in the development of competition are the foreman, who maintains order inside the enclosure; the delegate, the competition authority; and the jury, which awarded the points and ensures compliance with the regulation.
This 18 September 2015 it was for me a day field, family and Rodeo. We traveled to the Laguna de Aculeo, and after a barbecue with homemade pies of pine and a short walk to “lower” so much food, we went to the Rodeo of Pintue. The Pintue Crescent is located in a beautiful place, surrounded by forests of eucalyptus and extensive plantations in a green and fresh environment. At the entrance is a cozy since d where you can take a rich Mote con Huesillos, so refreshing for a hot afternoon in September. At the same rodeo place we find a fonda and several stalls, both of clothing huasos as food for children.
We arrived in the middle of a series of competitions. The rodeo has rules difficult to understand for an outsider like me so I amused doing some quick sketches of riders, horses and calves in action.
Then it was to look at articles huasos jobs. The colors and shapes attracted me. In simple jobs with tarpaulin had aesthetically organized all items. Hats hung them as a great Fund of round forms, ocher, coffee and grey. Plates to store hats, whips, ropes, blankets, ponchos, boots, leggings, spurs, belts, wallets… everything harmonized and looked sexy in that position. Blankets woven a loom where it prevails the intense red color are simply stunning.
Huasos spent facing me, the more diverse ages, with their heel boots, their spurs, jackets or blankets, the face somewhat hidden under the hat… passed next to my curious to see me drawing but none made a gesture to ask… What did that approach me surprised. In Santiago when I draw many people approaching… here in the field no one did not come. I watched from afar…
Even when I drew to the huasos on horseback, were three of them calm, waiting at the entrance of the Crescent of competition. Looked at them intensely, as cartoonists we look when we capture the details of objects to draw… but never made a gesture of approaching, ask, or even to point out that knew drew them…
He had already drawn a huaso and his horse, rodeo in full and the huasos shop and I felt I was missing the color of dresses for little girls that were walking with their parents. Very arranged them, of shoes black, socks white, hair well combed already is in a mono or with a trencita of adornment… their dresses of flowers and flights, in colors bright and romantic, the typical “Chinita” Chilean. In this case, “Lucila”, a chiquita about 10 years turned out to be known for my family… it, very proud to be drawn, put your best pose so I painted it… I had to ask him then that is it relaxed, so nervous was that not moving the eyes expectantly. Exquisite and sweet girl.
Without a doubt that the Rodeo is part of our folklore, although groups fighting the abuse of animals are on it an expression of cruelty and abuse of power, as is chosen a defenseless animal to cause pain and stress with each save… and on the other he advocates deny that abuse arguing the equity value of the activity. The verdict is of each one.