Santa Rosa de Tastil (05:16)
The village located on the Andean Plateau in Argentina has a population of 25; the only way to communicate with the outside world is by radio. A teacher explains aspects of village life.
Andean Plateau (04:23)
The area is one of the highest inhabited regions in the world, with a harsh climate and fluctuating temperatures. Incas and Diaguitas who once inhabited the area leave behind the suri dance and other traditions.
Agrarian Lifestyle (08:14)
School children ride donkeys. Locals work the land, trading surplus produce with neighbors. A farmer recalls returning to his roots after 24 years in Salta. Angel goes to town to sell cheese; shepherds tend their goats.
Sheep Sheering (08:31)
A village with a population of around 400 is famous for its wool. A resident discusses his family’s business. Christopher Mack explains what it means to be a gaucho.
Martín Miguel de Güemes (01:10)
Black and red ponchos symbolize the revolutionary hero in Salta province; he led farmers in a revolt against Spanish colonizers in the 19th century.
Folk Songs (08:03)
A woman in Cachi tells children stories and sings copleras. In Guachipas, locals celebrate the 100th anniversary of a church. Gauchos adorn their horses with leather butterfly wings.
Ranch Hands (10:24)
A gaucho and his neighbors lasso cattle. One of the men explains gaucho values and why he chose the lifestyle. The men need dogs and horses to drive a large herd towards a corral.
Gaucho Family (07:04)
A woman describes preparations for the rainy season. Villagers gather to watch gauchos try to tame bucking broncos.
Credits: Argentina: The Land of the Butterfly Horse (00:50)
Credits: Argentina: The Land of the Butterfly Horse
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