Monday, October 29, 2012

A Song for the Horse Nation

Opening on October 29 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC is the major traveling exhibition A Song for the Horse Nation, which presents the epic story of the influence of horses on the indigenous cultures of North America. Through an array of 122 historic objects, artwork, photographs, songs and personal accounts, the exhibition traces the changes horses brought to travel, hunting, and war, and the ways in which Native American tribes celebrated generosity, exhibited bravery, and conducted ceremonies.

This exhibition first opened at the museum's George Gustav Heye Center in New York on November 14, 2009 and was on display until July 10, 2011. The Washington version doubles its exhibition space to 9,500 square feet and features fifteen new objects, including a hand-painted, nineteenth-century Sioux tipi depicting battle and horse raiding scenes.

View the exhibition's official website.

Horse mask  -  Blackfeet, Montana  -  ca. 1830s
Horse mask  -  Lakota, South or North Dakota  -  ca. 1860s
Painted hide robe  -  Blackfeet, Montana  -  Mid-1800s
Sash heddle  -  Ho-Chunk, Nebraska  -  ca. 1862
Shield with cover  -  Comanche, Oklahoma  -  ca. 1875
Quilled bag  -  Lakota, South or North Dakota  -  ca. 1870s

Information and images courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

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