People were proud of their horses because of their speed, intelligence, surefootedness, training and appearance. A horse's appearance was enhanced by the use of paint, feathers, and decorated equipment such as blankets, martingales, cruppers, saddles, bridles and masks. Many of the objects used to decorate the horse also served to protect it in warfare, the hunt and races, as well as during large intertribal gatherings. The horse was clearly a "special being", or sunka-wakan (holy animal).
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Introduction | Dress Proudly | Horse Imagery | Horse Ritual | Adapting to a new way of life
Introduction | Buffalo and Deer | Dog and Coyote | Honouring the Horse
SACRED BEINGS | RANCHING | ENTERTAINMENT | RODEO | ARTS AND INDUSTRIES