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Date(s) - 05/13/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

El Paso Museum of Archaeology


Apaches and their Horses, May 13, 2017, 2:00 pm, El Paso Museum of Archaeology, a talk by Dr Deni Seymour .

An abbreviated history and historical anecdotes of horses among the Apache. For many they do not become the Apache until the adoption of the horse–which is said to have triggered the raiding adaptation. In this presentation I address this and many other notions about the Apache and their horses. No doubt, horses played a central role in the Apachean world but the horse divide is not as pronounced as thought. I discuss various ways in which horses changed the ancestral Apache lifeway, how horses survived and thrived without European horse culture, how horses shaped warfare and intercultural relations, and how horses were intertwined with family and inter-band relations through horse trading and gambling. Horses were integrated into Apachean lives in many ways, including through the use of horse power and ceremonies, and they played a role in death rituals. While the horse is maintained in contemporary culture, archaeological traces document the historical role of the horse in rock art, horse bones, landscape use, and artifacts. May 13th, 2:00 PM El Paso Museum of Archaeology 4301 Transmountain Road El Paso Texas 79924 (915) 755-4332 Archaeology.elpasotexas.gov