A Song for the Horse Nation

Published March 23, 2010 by Molly

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WOW! Have you ever seen an exhibit more clearly designed for enthusiastic amateur historians? And anyone else with a passing interest in Apache scouts, colonial history, Pueblo revolts and tribal herds? Which should be just about everyone?

The Smithsonian’s “A Song for the Horse Nation” is a splendid overview of the role of horses in America. Tales of conquistadors, warfare, embattled Native Americans and trade routes are all connected by the noble animal into a crucial narrative of American history.

Just how key is the horse? Consider this: the animal originated in the Americas more than 40 million years ago, eventually became extinct in its homeland, and was reintroduced in 1493 when Columbus brought 25 horses with him on voyage #2. Horses changed Native methods of hunting, travel, and standards of wealth. When it comes down to it, its sort of impossible to overestimate the impact of the animal.

The show stays up until July 2011, which gives you plenty of time to plan your voyage. Bring a notebook!

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  1. Jessica Linehan says:

    Sounds Cool…I’ll be in town 4/22….. Is it showing now ??? What’s the address and hours ? Thank you.

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