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Mustang
     

Mustang

by Sharon Curtin (Text by), Iva Momatiuk (Photographer), Eric Baker (Designed by), Greg Simpson (Designed by), John Eastcott (Photographer)
 
In the semi-arid deserts, hills and canyons of Wyoming, Nevada and other Western states, live the surviving herds of one of America's last remaining native species.

Early man wiped out the progenitors of today's mustang--but not before the small, tough, ancestral grazer had escaped across the Bering Land Bridge to proliferate and evolve through the centuries and

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In the semi-arid deserts, hills and canyons of Wyoming, Nevada and other Western states, live the surviving herds of one of America's last remaining native species.

Early man wiped out the progenitors of today's mustang--but not before the small, tough, ancestral grazer had escaped across the Bering Land Bridge to proliferate and evolve through the centuries and eventually to become domesticated in other parts of the world. Eons later, and vastly changed, the horse returned to America with the Spanish and with the legions of European colonizers.

Once again, rich grasslands became home, this time to escaped Andalusians, Arabians, racers, cavalry mounts, and farm and work horses of every description. Very soon a splendid hybrid--the American Mustang--roved the wild plains by the millions, becoming a main resource for Americans, in a union so intimate and profound that men still measure power by the number of horses.

Yet in the end, it is the beauty of these creatures that speaks to us. And it is beauty that is caught in this book. In a superb union of prose and breathtaking photography, the creators of Mustang have captured the poignant drama of a wild and magnificent survivor, and of the land that gave it birth. The story of the mustang is the story of America, and in a much larger sense, it is the story of mankind.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
This book is a visual tribute to the American mustang, one of our country's few remaining native horse species. Exquisite color photographs, accompanied by insightful text, tell the story of the mustangs-their history, social structure, and struggle to survive and attempts by humans to control their population. Once almost extinct, mustangs have fared better since 1971, when federal legislation set up programs for the protection of the species and its habitat. Award-winning photographers Momatiuk and Eastcott, whose works have appeared in magazines such as National Geographic, traveled through Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota in search of the mustangs. Curtin's text reflects her respect for wild horses and their natural habitat. A high-quality production, this will be enjoyed by horse lovers and those with an interest in the rugged West.-Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll. Lib., Rochester, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780964991514
Publisher:
Rufus Publications, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/15/1996
Series:
American Wildlife in American Spaces Ser.
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.33(w) x 12.31(h) x 0.83(d)

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