Subject:      Re: Indian horses
From: (Yuri Kuchinsky 17784)
Date:         1997/09/22
Message-ID:   <604ica$qk9$>
Newsgroups:   sci.archaeology,rec.equestrian,soc.history,alt.native

Dear Elfmaid,

Thanks you for these quotes.

elfmaid ([22] wrote:

: I would like to contribute the following information to the discussion
: on horses:

: The following are excerpts from Judith Nies book "Native American
: History: a chronology of a culture's vast achievments and their links to
: world events"  Ballantine Books, NY 1996 ([23]
: isbn 0-345-39350-3.

: p.138
: 1637
: The Ute of the Great Basin acquired the horse. In the lands of Utah and
: Colorado the Spaniards of New Mexico sent slaving parties into Ute
: coundtry to raid villages and capture slaves to take back to Spanish
: settlements in New Mexico.  In the process, many of the kidnapped Ute
: escaped, taking with them Spanish horses. Their possession of horses
: subsequently made the Ute one of the most powerful nations of the Great
: Basin. In time, use of the horse would spread throughout the Great Basin
: and change the culture of the Plains.

: p.139
: 1639
: The Taos Indians of New Mexico abandoned their pueblo and traveled to
: Kansas with Spanish horses. They fled from the Spanish to western Kansas
: where they built another pueblo. The Taos took spanish horses with them
: and introduced horses to the Kiowa, Comanche, Wichita and other southern
: Plains Indians.

I believe the author simply restates the mainstream view uncritically in
these excerpts. The assumption throughout is that the horses the Natives
had were Spanish horses. And yet we know this was not always the case. In
fact this was usually not the case. Often the Native horses were very
different from the Spanish horses. I, for one, would like to know why.

Best regards,


Yuri Kuchinsky in Toronto -=O=- [24]

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than
to put out on the troubled seas of thought -=O=- John K. Galbraith

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