Cattle were introduced into the present day United States when Juan Ponce de Leon brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Bob Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. You will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including material culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.
Funded project of the Florida Humanities Council. Established in 1973, we are an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We develop and fund public programs and resources around the state that explore the stories of Florida, its history and cultural heritage, literary and artistic life, environment and development, issues and ideas, communities and traditions.