1 reel (25 minutes)
PSA Ten Best 1967
"La Reata depicts a lost art, that of making a lariat or lasso. The cowhide is stretched and staked out on the ground to dry. Then, with a long circular cut, a rawhide rope is made, cured, then braided to form the rope used in this fast disappearing custom. A leisurely pace gives the film much of its charm, plus a narrator who is in no rush - a welcome change" PSA Journal, Aug. 1967, 36.
This film is held by the UC San Diego Library.
University of California San Diego Library
"[Wild turkeys, cows, horses, and cowboys -- Cattle ranchers -- La reata -- Roping cows -- Two cowboys making a reata. Hide stretched out in sun to dry ; Removing excess fat -- Cutting hide to get one long continuous string ; Hide strings bundled up and soaked in water ; Stretching the hide and drying it ; Trimming the hide ; Soaking the hide again ; Flattening the hide using a split stick ; Final trimming -- Cowboy's clothes from the 1960s]." Via UC San Diego Library.