For arcane reasons relating to my other life as a consultant at the intersection of social media and public diplomacy, I’m a connoisseur of videos produced by U.S. embassies around the world. I know, I know. It’s an oddball obsession, but every once in a while a video worthy of the late Charles Kuralt pops out of the ruck of official statements from USG spokespersons onto YouTube or Vimeo.
Here’s a video that shows what happened when some genuine American cowboys on an exchange program in Afghanistan attended a buzkashi competition. That’s the colorful Afghan sport in which two bands of horsemen play a sort of rugby on horseback with a goat carcass as the ball. The narration here is by the cowboy poet and ranch foreman Gail Steiger, out of Yavapai, Arizona.
I especially like the names of the three sponsors of the cowboys’ visit: the Foundation for Culture and Civil Society (an Afghan NGO), the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Kabul, and the Afghan National Buzkashi Federation.