As promised, here are some of pictures of the Native American saddlery on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Today I am focusing on the bridle and horse masks. Tomorrow I will post pictures of the saddles.
The sign above this bridle reads: Plains Indians first learned about horses from the Spanish. The Cheyenne BEADED HEADSTALL transformed a Spanish iron bit into a fine bridle.This is the sign that accompanies the masks.This is the Crow mask.I love the rawhide horns and feathery forelock.This fully beaded Sioux horse hood is my favorite piece in the entire museum. It was used in Fourth of July parades at the turn of the century.Detail shot of the beading and quilled horse hair mane. I wonder how long it took to make this?
If you are interested in learning more about horse masks, I would strongly recommend the book American Indian Horse Masks by by Ned and Jody Martin, Mike Cowdrey, and Winfield Coleman (shown here in the museum gift shop but also available through Amazon):
This is an expensive book, but it is full of really wonderful detail pictures of all kinds of horse masks including the two shown in this posting!