"Vaquero" was a Spanish name for an Apache band of what is now New Mexico. It comes from the
Spanish word for "cow," vaca, and was given to them because of their buffalo hunting lifestyle.
The Vaqueros were a Lipan Apache band, speakers of
the Eastern Apache language. The Vaquero tribe does not exist as a political entity anymore;
most Vaquero descendants are members of the Lipan Nation today, while others live among the Mescaleros.
Here are links to our webpages about the Vaquero tribe and language: