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Painted ponies Unknown Binding – 1952

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  • Unknown Binding: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Bear-Step Publications (1952)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007EZQ1M
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,724,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Painted Ponies, first printed in 1952 and reprinted in 1958, 1968 and 1973, is a treasured, now out of print book by Chief Shatka Bear-Step (1898-1980; otherwise known as Richard Spencer), hereditary chief of the Mi Ashi Ton Gaxas, which reflects his great love for the Appaloosa breed through a retelling of its history, use by, and importance to the American Indians. This book should be on the "must read" list for anyone interested in Appaloosas/horses or American Indian history and culture.

The Appaloosa Horse Club (an international breed registry), inducted Chief Shatka Bear-Step into their hall of fame in 1988, and on their website they describe him in this way: "An Appaloosa showman and promoter, Shatka Bear-Step added colorful and romantic aspects to the breed. Shatka was the father of Mr. Dick Spencer (Western Horseman Magazine) and a well-known silver and turquoise artist. He was featured on national television depicting the Lord's Prayer in Indian Sign Language. He produced several awards for the Appaloosa Horse Club, including the Shatka Bear-Step award given to the overall high point youth at each National Show."

Bear-Step's book "Painted Ponies" packs a lot of information into its 40 pages covering Appaloosa history, American Indian horse culture, and more. We learn that the sacred war horse of the Nez Perce, Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, Blackfeet and other tribesmen, was once called the "Horse au Pelluce" by french traders after a river in the Columbia drainage basin in the Pacific Northwest. This phrase became corrupted into "Appaloosa", the name by which we now know the horse that Bear-Step calls "the great war horse with the iron heart".
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