The ‘Edgar’ haircut San Antonio mocks could be rooted in indigenous culture

As a millennial, I generally don’t share any memes or internet shenanigans with my parents. But while scrolling through Facebook recently, I saw a post that I knew would amuse my dad. It was a photo of a young man with incredibly short bangs, barely past the hairline, cropped straight across his forehead. My dad immediately wheezed, recognizing the “ridiculous” hairstyle (in his words) associated with the Marbach area of ​​San Antonio.

I don’t remember the exact caption, but the post basically made fun of it: men who have a certain reputation and are known to hold stakes along the busy Far Westside road. Anyone who has enough connections in San Antonio on their social media accounts has undoubtedly seen similar memes and posts on their own feeds. If Marbach is not specifically named, then there is probably a mention of “Edgar” or “takuache”, the names suited for men with style.

In reality, there is a good chance that “the Edgar” is in fact rooted in native culture.

The people of San Antonio generally assume that anyone with this cut is, to put it mildly, tacky, hence all the low shots. The Indian Problem, a Facebook page dedicated to educating people about Indigenous cultures, points out that the “Edgar” style is in fact similar to that of Indigenous men centuries ago.

Men of the Jumano tribe, which were the most dominant in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico between 1500 and 1700, wore their hair in a manner almost identical to that of the “Edgars.” As is the case with many native cultures, many Jumano men also decorated their straight, straight hair with paint or left a long section so they could tie up bird feathers.

In Texas, the Jumanos lived primarily between El Paso, Austin, and the Rio Grande. The tribe has changed over time in the face of technological advancements and colonization, especially as the Jumanos played an active role as mediators between the Spaniards and other tribes, including the Apaches, who largely absorbed the Jumanos in the 18th century. Other members of the Jumanos would eventually assimilate into Mexican culture.

Despite the jokes, the “Edgar” remains a popular style for many San Antonio men.

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The Jumanos’ large footprint, both physically and historically, means their influence is still felt today, particularly in South Texas. While San Antonio men who have the “Edgar” style may not be able to directly trace their roots to the tribe, native cultures are undoubtedly part of San Antonio’s diverse culture. Other aspects of the city’s colorful backdrop are respected and even celebrated, but the ‘Edgar’ has so often been transformed into a punchline.

Despite our collective agreement to make the haircut – and Marbach in general – the butt of many San Antonio-specific jokes, the “Edgar” has gained immeasurable recognition outside the confines of Alamo City. A YouTube tutorial shows how technical it is to achieve a distinct style, which the barber behind the video describes as “extremely difficult” to pull off. Buzzfeed has taken the time to put together style memes related to the term “takuache” in Mexico and other Spanish speaking communities. There’s even a blogger in Ohio who shared 10 ‘Bold’ Ways to Wear the ‘Edgar’.

Now, if the Marbach style is good enough to be culturally appropriate by a Midwestern fashion writer who offers the latest trends, maybe San Antonio should recognize that men with the “Edgar” are simply honoring their roots.

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