Painted Pony Lodge :: Story & Symbols
The Horse was a great wonder to the Native American Indians when it was first introduced by the Europeans in the 1500’s and 1600’s. The Horse was at first referred to by the Native American Indians as the ‘God Dog’ or ‘Big Dog’. The Horse is a universal symbol of freedom without restraint, travel, movement, power and desire.
Native American Indians painted their horses and ponies – decorating them with war symbols or symbols of power before they went into battle. Indians prepared paint, then dried and stored it as a powder. The paint powder was kept in deerskin pouches to be carried with them.
Why Paint Horses & Ponies?
Visual Messages: Symbols were recognized as having specific meanings. The same ritual symbols that were painted on a horse might also be painted on the face and body of the rider.
Marks of Distinction and Honor: Horse War Paint might include symbols to indicate major achievements and success of the rider.
Mental Preparation: Medicine Men often chose certain markings for warriors and that powerful magic was passed on during the application of the paint to the horse, helping the warrior to believe himself and his horse invincible.
Power and Magic: It was believed that the application of certain symbols and colors afforded the wearer with ‘Magic’ for power and protection.
To Recall Special Events: Victory, Mourning, etc, was indicated by the application of war paint.
Following a Battle: A triumphant warrior might apply paint to his horse so the tribe could see at a glance the outcome of the battle from a distance.
What is the difference between Horse & Pony?
Height! A horse is an equine at least 14.2 hands [about four feet ten inches] tall at the withers. A pony is an equine less than 14.2 hands.
Tipi Lamps are 13″ tall – the oval base is 10.5 x 9.5″. The lamp fixture has a 7 W incandescent bulb with 6′ brown cord and toggle switch. To replace bulb open hinge on bottom of Tipi.
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