This masterpiece of Sioux sculpture in the Heritage Center is one of only two known sculptures of its kind in the world. The 3-foot sculpture carved out of wood is enhanced by a real horsehair mane and tail, and leather reins and bridle. The horse is riddled with holes
signifying bullet wounds, and red paint to signify blood seeping from its wounds. Blood also runs from the mouth in the form of red horsehair. Its ears are backward slanting showing fear and pain. It's elongated body and forward leaping motion suggest a leap from life to death. A Sioux warrior probably carved this piece around 1875 to honor his faithful horse that had died in battle.
Places visited while at Oahe Downriver May 23rd 2008 These are some of the places we visited while staying at Oahe:
Oahe Chapel (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) - In 1874, Reverend Thomas L. Riggs, a Congregationalist minister and his first wife, Cornelia Margaret Foster, established the Oahe Mission to serve the Sioux Indians of central South Dakota. It was built on the site of an old Arikara Indian village called Ti Tanke O ... read more
North America » United States » South Dakota » Pierre Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the origina... ... read more