The Plains Indian And The Horse The Plains Indian And The Horse August 15 Womens Derek Carr Jersey , 2015 | Author: Winifred Christensen | Posted in Education
It would be easy to imagine that the Comanche, Crow, and other Native Americans from America’s breadbasket represented a timeless tradition, stretching back thousands of years. They certainly had an abundance of such traditions, but they were also bold innovators. This is an aspect of their culture not often celebrated. The story of horsemanship and the Plains Indian turns out to be a perfect example of Native innovation.
The Indian warrior on his horse, whether alone in the wilderness or gathered in a war party, is as iconic an image as it gets. It runs contrary to common expectation that the reality behind such scenes reflects a time span not longer than two centuries. Horses turn out not to be a timeless part of the American landscape, but an immigrant from Europe Womens Khalil Mack Jersey , which makes the Native American’s expertise with them a tale of recognizing an opportunity and seizing it.
Thousands of years passed during which the First Peoples lived lives the did not include the horse, till the Spanish conquistadors arrived with theirs in their hulls. Sole access to the horse played a large role in the Spanish power to dominate the more numerous Indians in their midst, and they were at first jealous in keeping their knowledge to themselves. Until the 17th Century, not enough horse were transported across the ocean to be able to spawn any sizable new populations.
In time, the Spanish started hiring ranch hands from among the Pueblos and Navajos around them if only because their lands were growing large and their herds numerous. Indians learned about the horse and the abilities it gave the Spaniards through word of mouth, and they were impressed enough to steal horses from the ranches almost whenever they could. However, not until the closing decades of the 17th century would horsemanship begin to make its way beyond the Southwestern Indians closest to the Spanish.
1680 saw major Pueblo victory over the Spanish, including their acquisition of thousands of horses. Now the horse population among the Southwest peoples was sufficiently large that horse trading could begin with peoples elsewhere on the continent. By the beginning of the 18th Century the Comanches became the first of the Plains peoples to begin their adaptation to the horse.
The Comanche warrior established a level of communion with the horse that was powerful Authentic Latavius Murray Jersey , and an expert level of horsemanship. To an outsider, it was at such a high level that it looked like an ancient teaching. What it really was, was an act of genius, and the Comanche peoples should get more credit for it. On horseback, they overran neighbors the way Genghis Khan and his Mongols once overran theirs, and taught them the value of mounted warriors.