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Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Way of the Horse

A Race of Mounted Warriors

 

—Plains Indians Life, Beliefs and Practices —

 
Way of the Horse Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Way of the Horse Marker
Inscription.

Horses were introduced by the Europeans in the 18th century. They were seen by the Indians as a creature similar to the dog, subservient to man. The Plains people therefore called the animals "big dogs." However, with the horse came new values and a more complex way of living. Indian families measured their wealth by the number of horses they owned. Tribes would count their history from the time they acquired the horse.

Seized or gained in trade, the horse altered the culture of the Plains Indians. No longer a people who moved on foot, they were now a race of mounted hunters and warriors. These strong, swift animals allowed the Plains Indians the luxury of moving several miles a day and ensured their ability to follow the buffalo herds. For a migratory culture, the horse was a key to survival.
 
Location. 37° 41.493′ N, 97° 20.994′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Touch for map. The marker is on the Keeper of the Plains plaza, at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, about 500 feet ESE of the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 North Seneca Street, Wichita KS 67203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eagles (here, next to this marker);
Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers
(l-r) Dream Animals, Tipis, Ceremonial Pipes, Chiefs, Eagles, and Way of the Horse
Chiefs (here, next to this marker); Ceremonial Pipes (here, next to this marker); Tipis (here, next to this marker); Dream Animals (a few steps from this marker); Ceremony (a few steps from this marker); Keeper of the Plains (a few steps from this marker); Warriors (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. Indian Horse Culture. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Spanish Colonial Horse and the Plains Indian Culture. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. American Indian Horse Culture. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Mid-America All-Indian Center, Wichita. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Keeper of the Plains Plaza. (Submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AnimalsNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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