Long cattle drives into the uncharted wilderness. The thrill of chasing wild horses in the hill country of the Chilcotin. The agony of watching cattle struggle through summers of drought or bitter winters that never seemed to end. Such was the life of the buckaroos of British Columbia.
Like the Spanish vaqueros after whom they were named, the buckaroos forged a way of life in the face of the harsh climate and rugged conditions of the Interior Plateau. In this virtual exhibit, Zero One Design tells their story and the stories of the cowboys, the communities, the ranches and the first nations that shaped the interior of BC.
The site features archival
photographs, video and audio to illustrate the stories of Buckaroos
over the last century. As well, everyday objects from the O'Keefe
Ranch collection are presented to visitors so you see how it is used
and rotate it in three dimensions.
The site also features an interactive game - quite popular among the school groups Zero One Design tested it on. Do You Have What it Takes to be a Buckaroo? gives you a chance to lead - as a buckaroo would have over a hundred years ago - surplus cattle to market n the goldfields of British Columbia. Unfortunately, getting the cattle there is a problem with mountains to cross, rivers to swim and hardships to endure.