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[*] posted on 3-19-2018 at 05:38 PM
new documentary by Trudi Angell


Trudi Angell of guided-mule-trip fame is working on a new documentary. Catch the trailer here, and the summary below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9zrDg9SBi4&feature=yout...

An old desert-grown vaquero in Baja California has a new goal in life. So he gathers a herd of mules and donkeys, builds saddles and traditional gear for his outfit, and plans an historic re-enactment of the old-time merchant pack-trains that once traveled through that rugged mountain country over 100 years ago. His 8-year-old grandson becomes his right-hand man along the two-hundred-mile fading mission trail.

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Dario Higuera has a dream. He knows it will take some time to make the old-style recua gear. A part of the film will describe how the pack-string equipment was made or gathered; part describes the history of the old falluqueros and their lifestyle; and in general the story will be dedicated to how our present-day burros and arrieros are re-enacting an era of commerce, las recuas (the ‘old-time truckers’) that was key to livelihood and ranching culture for centuries on the lower California peninsula.

Documenting vignettes along every step of the way, Dario and his compañeros will herd those donkeys across 200 miles of spectacular desert and down the old California mission and cargo trails. Some of his family will join him on the trail. Ramoncito adores his grandfather, and their bond is bound to strengthen as they share hardships and heartfelt moments along the way. Amigos old and new may ride along on the journey, exchanging memories of the past and enlightening viewers to the concept of pre-highway peninsular travel.

Twining their stories together like the strands of a horsehair rope, the thread of this epic journey will be to weave the Californio vaquero and arriero history, and the personal backgrounds of Dario Higuera and his companions into an exciting tale as they move that "long-eared cargo train" down the trail...and realize "Dario’s Dream".

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[*] posted on 3-19-2018 at 05:42 PM


You can read more (or support the project) on Trudi's website:

http://saddlingsouth.com/broad_strokes_and_storyline.html

http://saddlingsouth.com/donate.html
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[*] posted on 3-19-2018 at 07:42 PM


And if you watch to the end of the trailer, you'll have a little laugh.
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[*] posted on 3-20-2018 at 09:23 AM


A fun watch. When is the doc coming out? How can we see it?



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[*] posted on 3-20-2018 at 10:30 AM


What a great ending LOL

Made me want to give it a try!

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[*] posted on 3-20-2018 at 11:05 AM


Quote: Originally posted by BajaBlanca  

Made me want to give it a try!


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[*] posted on 3-20-2018 at 04:52 PM


Quote: Originally posted by StuckSucks  
A fun watch. When is the doc coming out? How can we see it?


I'm on Trudi's update list, and when the film is complete, I'll post details here. Looks like later this year.
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[*] posted on 3-21-2018 at 07:07 PM


this is such an epic project!!! Trudi is amazing and this will be an incredible journey!



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[*] posted on 3-21-2018 at 07:16 PM


Trudi is very passionate about El Camino Real. I recently spoke at some length with her (and our own Baja Bucko) about accuracy in documenting the true El Camino Real. Look for some exciting things if you are a Baja history (Old California history) fan of the mission road from Loreto north.



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[*] posted on 3-22-2018 at 11:53 PM


What an absolutely fascinating project.
I'll be watching to see it!




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[*] posted on 3-23-2018 at 06:46 AM


This is a wonderful project. Thanks for the link.



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[*] posted on 3-23-2018 at 09:59 AM


In the meantime, you can tide yourself over by watching Corazón Vaquero: The Heart of the Cowboy!

http://www.wilderutopia.com/landscape/culture-landscape/cora...

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