Traditions & Folklore

The history of Spanish and Mexican control of Texas greatly shapes the state’s culture, from the lasting presence of Spanish terminology to the practice of Roman Catholicism. The legacy extends beyond just social customs, however; it is also an essential component of Texas folklore. Perhaps nowhere is this influence more unmistakable than in the mythic figure of the cowboy, whose style and techniques trace back to the vaquero of the Spanish colonial period.

Music & Dance