American Indian cultures, especially those of the Great Plains, have a rich relationship with their horses. Far more than a beast of burden, the horse is for Native people a friend and a spiritual companion. Nowhere is this bond more spectacularly illustrated than in the beautiful equipment Native horses wear and the tribal clothing, tools, and other objects that incorporate horse motifs. Filled with photographs of objects from the unparalleled collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, as well as historical photographs of North American Indians and their horses, this book documents the central role horses play in Native cultures.


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