National Geographic : 1968 Aug
Sheepskin chapeau adorns an ox at a cattle show in Sare, France. The covering keeps flies from the animal's eyes. Other Basques like to drape their oxen with embroidered burlap that sometimes covers the entire back. "Soon the great beasts will disap pear," the author says sadly, "to be replaced by tractors." Resounding crash of horns echoes in the streets of San Sebastian as shep herds pit their rams in a bout of brute power. After each sally, men and boys anxiously eye the contenders for signs of weakening; the match ends when one ram refuses to fight. Wagers fly back and forth in the best Basque tradition. Any contest of skill or 264 strength brings out their gaming spirit.