Navajo Indians on Horseback


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Unknown Hunter Drug Co., Flagstaff, Arizona inn814pa.jpg IN-N-814 B&W 1504.0814.0001 inn814pa Postcard 3x5 Historic Photographs 1900s Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives

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Navajo Indians on horseback, Flagstaff, Arizona.

The postcard states, "Navajo Indian Warriors, Flagstaff, Arizona."

The Apaches and Navajos are the first Indian tribes in North America to acquire horses by stealing them from the Pueblos and learning to fight on horseback. As the use of horses spread, the Apaches and Navajos became raiders against Spanish settlements and Pueblo towns.

Horses were adapted to fit the Indian lifestyle and in most cases, they surpassed the white man in riding and handling horses. Horses brought about a dramatic change in the Indian Culture, but horses did not materially change the Indian lifestyle. Indians still did the same things in pretty much the same ways except now they used horses.

(Source: http://www.redoaktree.org/indianhorse/history2.htm)

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