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The Value of the Horse in Native Cultures

American Indians have traditionally regarded the animals in their lives as fellow creatures with whom they share a common destiny. That intimate bond between human and animal is nowhere so evident or powerful as in the case of the horse. This video explores how the significance of the horse is reflected in the Lakota (Sioux) and Apsáalooke (Crow) traditions of making intricately designed horse regalia used in celebrations and parades. Este recurso también está disponible en español.

A horse in regalia on the plains

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grades   4 5 6 7 8
Lakota (Sioux), Apsáalooke (Crow)
Social Studies
Northern Plains, Plateau
Horses, Beadwork, Quillwork, Regalia, Crow Fair, Plateau, Northern Plains
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2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Indigenous people of the Americas shaped life in the Western Hemisphere for millennia. After contact, American Indians and the events involving them greatly influenced the histories of the European colonies and the modern nations of North, Central, and South America. Today, this influence continues to play significant roles in many aspects of political, legal, cultural, environmental, and economic issues. To understand the history and cultures of the Americas requires understanding American Indian history from Indian perspectives.