They Sang for Horses: The Impact of the Horse on Navajo and Apache Folklore, Revised Edition / Edition 1

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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, first published in 1966 and now considered a classic, remains the only comprehensive treatment of the profound mystical influence that the horse has exerted for more than three hundred years.

In this completely redesigned and expanded edition, LaVerne Harrell Clark examines how storytellers, singers, medicine men, and painters created the animal's evolving symbolic significance by adapting existing folklore and cultural symbols. Exploring the horse's importance in ceremonies, songs, prayers, customs, and beliefs, she 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.

This classic work is a must for historians, readers interested in Native American folklore and mythology, and anyone who has ever been captivated by the magic and romance of the horse.

Co-winner of the 1967 University of Chicago Folklore Award.

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"A work of combined scholarship and art which should be kept in print and read for as long as books endure."
South American Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870814969
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author


LaVerne Harrell Clark is a writer, photographer, and lecturer of Southwestern folklore and mythology, and was the founding director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She is the author of six books, including The Face of Poetry and Revisiting the Plains Indian Country of Mari Sandoz.
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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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