I want to thank Maria Lokken and Tanya Hansen for joining in our discussion this morning, as well as fellow author, Cheryl St. John. Also a big vote of thanks go to Linda B and Jennifer Y for their comments from yesterday’s blog, as well as Elizabeth Lane — another fellow author.
Well, here I am, getting ready to mail off the revisions for my next book (due out in March 2008), THE LAST WARRIOR. But before I go, I thought we might discuss the mustang and its importance to Native America.
As you know, before the Spanish arrived with their horses, the Spanish Barb, Native America didn’t have horses. Instead, the American Indians made use of the dog. It was the dog that transported their goods from one place to another, sometimes even transporting a baby. Is it any wonder that some tribes honor the dog to this very day?
As Helen Addison Howard says in her book, AMERICAN FRONTIER TALES, “(the mustang) completely changed the Indians’ nomadic life-style in hunting and war, in moving camp, in recreation, in trade, raised the owner’s social position, became a status symbol of wealth, and engendered a new standard of well-being.”
Because of its short stature, the mustang was often called a pony. But that stature was deceiving. The mustang was an intelligent animal with a stamina that became legend. It was a mustang who won the 3,000 mile endurance test held in Arabia against the finest Arab horses in the land. That pony, Hidalgo, was the 800 pound, 8 year old that won that race, even though the race was done was over loose sand, and in a land where there was very little water.
Did you know that the movie, Hidalgo, was based on a true story?
Well, that’s all for now. Again, I welcome all your insights into this and any other animal that’s in your life.