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Shunke Wakan: Horse Wotawe of the Lakota Medicine Man, Woptuha
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Color photography of wotawe, the amulets, charms and talismans made by Pte He Woptuha, an important Lakota medicine man of the late 1800s. This set directs attention to the wotawe that include the... More > horse as an element
Horses were perhaps the most beneficial things that were “given” to the Plains Indians by the white man. Moving northward from Mexico horses entered Nebraska and the Dakotas about the same time that the Lakota people entered from the East. They were called Shunke Wakan (mysterious or holy dogs) and later Tashunke. Horses took on the highly significant role of messenger or representative of the Thunder Beings. The observational skills of Woptuha are reflected in the various stances of the horses and their coloration. The use of special markings to identify particular horses and their owners is also indicated. In this book are a few of Woptuha’s wotawe that incorporated the horse.< Less