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Native American Saddlery and Trappings: A History in Paper Dolls Paperback – October 15, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press (October 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089672493X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896724938
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.2 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,499,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sherman A. Thompson on December 16, 2011
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For some time I have been trying to get enough information to construct a replica indian style saddle, or contract with a professional saddle maker to make one for me for display purposes. Original indian saddles are extremely rare in any condition. Relic worm-eaten and rotted junkers start at over $1,000, and relatively complete saddles in display condition, with stirrups and beaded trappings have been auctioned for as high as $30,000.

Internet searching will eventually turn up photographs of several, but most examples can be seen only in widely separated museums. I have found no academic books or even technical reports on these saddles, although some are bound to exist somewhere. Most internet articles are brief, sometimes quoting each other, and often presenting erroneous information. For example many, if not most, references state that only indian women used these saddles, which is untrue. Both Frederick Remington and Charles Russell lived and worked among indians of the 1800s and were sticklers for accuracy. Both depicted male indians in combat riding indian style saddles. Another brief article did state that both men and women used indian style saddles, the main difference being that womens' saddles were broadest at the back, while mens' saddles were broadest at the front.

This book has only two or three short paragraphs and two illustrations of how these saddles were constructed, but they are critical paragraphs if you can't find this information anywhere else. Good internet photographs of auction items are interesting, but say nothing about how they were put together.

I have spoken mostly about saddle construction but have said nothing about the dazzling color trappings that typically went with indian saddles.
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Not only are the 'paper dolls' beautiful, you get history as well. I loved this and even gave a copy as a gift to a friend's mother. She loved it! Definitely one of the higher end "paper dolls" out there. There are a couple of different horses and all the trimmings to go with. Gorgeous to just look at!
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This book has beautiful illustrations and great information! I wish that there were pictures of the horses tacked up, because the drawings are too lovely to cut out. If you do cut them out, you will cut through some of the information on the trappings. I guess children would not let that deter them but, as an adult who appreciates the beauty of the book as it is, my mother cannot bring herself to do that! It is fun to compare the saddles and trappings to those depicted on the Native American Painted Pony collector's series. It provides an understanding of the function of various items the artists used to decorate them, and helps to illustrate the reverence Native Americans had and still have for the horse. For further information on that relationship, a good book to read is [ASIN:1889540226 Horse, Follow Closely: Native American Horsemanship] by GaWaNi Pony Boy.
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I never had paper dolls when I was a child, but this isn't your childhood paper doll book. I was looking for information about Native American horse equipment and couldn't find what I was looking for. This book has beautiful illustrations.
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I make costumes for model horses and purchased this as a reference book. Although I wish it had been thicker, it was awesome in detail without alot of words. Made in a paper doll type style, with punch out horses and the Indian tack that fits them, its is more geared toward children, but adults will love it as well.

Very nice highly detailed and in full color.
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This book is for the child in all of us who used to canter, rather than walk, to school. The illustrations show Oliver's love for both horses and the Native American craft designs. The loving care and detail of the beautiful trappings indicate how truly the Native Americans loved and valued their horse companions. Each illustration is identified on the back and most all are recreations of historical artifacts from major museums. Children can enjoy this book and will want to cut out all the items to dress the horses up. But adults will enjoy it also as a great source of information on the different tribes and styles, which has been carefully researched. A great gift for the horse-crazy little girl (and boy) in all of us.
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High quality product, beautiful bright colors and a bit of history too. In fact, I bought more than one to give as gifts. Woukd recommend to anyone interested in horses, Indians or just beautiful images.
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