Plains Indians And Their Equine Companions

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Plains Indians and Their Equine Companions Most history classes teach children about how the Spanish brought horses to America and introduced them to Native Americans. That’s usually the end of the story. What’s not talked about is the Native peoples’ reactions to these beasts of nature. How did they feel about horses? What did they think of them? How did Native people become some of the best riders? How did they tame wild horses? How were horses incorporated into their culture? How much of an impact did horses really have on Native American culture? These are the questions that aren’t answered in textbooks in schools. What I wish to explore is the bond between Native people and their equine companions. I want to explore how their world…show more content…
The differences between these two classifications of tribes is that the nomadic groups followed the buffalo as they migrated. With the semi-sedentary groups, they too hunted for buffalo, but they also engaged in building villages and participating more in agriculture (New World Encyclopedia). Life was livable in the plains, but it wasn’t always the easiest. It wasn’t until the arrival of the horse that life and culture among the Plains Indians truly flourished. The story of how horses came to present day USA has always been a very short story. The most we get is that the Spanish brought them, and that was usually the end of it. How did Native people react when they first saw horses? How would we react today if a brand new animal was introduced into America, and we knew nothing about it? Some people may fear the animal or even try to destroy it out of fear. Just as we would be afraid today, the same feelings of terror swept through the Native people of the Great Plains. “In the islands of the Caribbean, Taíno people were the first to see the horse, and the sight inspired fear—animal fused to sword-wielding conquistador—the legs of the rider blending with the galloping extremities of his mount as it rode down Native people, while the metal of rein and bit and stirrup clanged with the fury of war” —José Barreiro (Taíno), NMAI, 2009 Tribe by tribe, the horse was introduced, but each tribe tells

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