National Geographic : 1938 Nov
COWBOYS AND CAYMANS OF MARAJO SiNatlonai Oeograpnic oclety ±vuuciIuIvaC iI> aaCsiapu vy .Iconi uii u uiuiue BACK FROM A DUCK HUNT IN THE MARSHES RIDES A VAQUERO ASTRIDE HIS IIALF-ZEBU OX On his shoulder are his gun and indispensable red flannel cape, the latter keeping him warm in cold rains and, he says, cool in hot sunshine. He wears leggings as a safeguard against chafing, but his leathery feet and toes need no protection. The ox is guided by a single line, tied to a hole in its nose. In the rainy season travel by horse is almost impossible because the weight of a man makes his mount sink deep in the mire, quickly tiring it. Oxen, with cloven hoofs which spread apart and act like pads, therefore are as indispensable to Maraj6 travel as the camel in the Sahara.