They Sang for Horses: The Impact of the Horse on Navajo and Apache Folklore

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"No Native American groups placed more emphasis on the horse in their lives than did the Navajo and Apache of the Southwest. They Sang for Horses examines how storytellers, singers, medicine men, and painters created the animal's evolving symbolic significance by adapting existing folkore and cultural symbols. Exploring the horse's importance in ceremonies, songs, prayers, customers, and beliefs, Clark investigates the period of the horse's most pronounced cultural impact on the Navajo and the Apache, starting from the time of its acquisition ...
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Overview

"No Native American groups placed more emphasis on the horse in their lives than did the Navajo and Apache of the Southwest. They Sang for Horses examines how storytellers, singers, medicine men, and painters created the animal's evolving symbolic significance by adapting existing folkore and cultural symbols. Exploring the horse's importance in ceremonies, songs, prayers, customers, and beliefs, Clark investigates the period of the horse's most pronounced cultural impact on the Navajo and the Apache, starting from the time of its acquisition from the Spanish in the seventeenth century and continuing to the mid-1960s, when the pickup truck began to replace it as the favored means of transportation. In addition, she presents a look at how Navajos and Apaches today continue to redefine the horse's important role in their spiritual as well as material lives."--BOOK JACKET.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816508105
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1966
  • Pages: 225

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Prologue
The Acquisition of the Horse 1
The Horse of the Gods 15
The Gift of the Gods 57
The Magic and Ritual of the Raid for Horses 114
The People's Ways for Keeping Horses Holy 164
The Horse's Powers Over the People's Health 221
The Horse's Role in Folk Customs and Other Ceremonies 251
Epilogue 278
Bibliography 318
Index 331
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