Breyer Visits the National Museum of the American Indian

3/9/12 - Viewed New Exhibit Called "A Song for the Horse Nation"

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Crow War Pony - 1
Fine Art Photography by Brady Willette; Pony painting by Kennard Real Bird (Crow).
Collection of the National Museum of the American Indian

While in town for the Washington International Horse Show, Breyer staffers had the incredible opportunity to view the exhibit A Song for the Horse Nation at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. We were treated to a guided tour by museum curator Emil Her Many Horses.

This comprehensive exhibit, which opened late October, tells the story of how horses helped shape the lives and history of the Native American people. Featuring beautiful works of art, songs, personal accounts, photographs and historical objects, this exhibit surrounds the viewer in the art and culture of the American Indian, and shows the many ways horses had an impact on their lives.

The horse has played a very strong role in the history of the Native American people. On horseback, hunting and the defending of territories - as well as waging war - became easier. Horses aided in travel and commerce, and even had important roles in ceremonies. The Native people took a great pride in their horses, which is evident in their intricate story telling - both by word and by art. Through this broad exhibit, one can plainly see the incredible influence horses had on the culture of the people. Not only did horses change the way American Indians lived, they also left their mark on the beautiful works of art and textiles produced during this time.


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Lakota painted drum, ca. 1860s.           South Dakota or North Dakota.
Pigment, rawhide, wood, cotton cloth,   and sinew.
National Museum of the American Indian (10/5940)

Breyer staff also had the opportunity to meet Kennard Real Bird, of the Crow Nation. Real Bird is the breeder of Cool Whip, the exhibit's poster horse, and he also painted the beautiful markings seen on the horse. He kindly shared with us personal stories relating to his Native American culture and philosophy on horses. We also had the opportunity to meet  Cool Whip's current owner Ron Bergee, who is continuing to promote the exhibit with his horse. Not only is Cool Whip a stunning photo subject, he and Ron are currently participating in ranch sorting and cutting!

Breyer wishes to extend a special thank you to Emil Her Many Horses as well as Assistant Director for Museum Development Angela Papa Leipold, and Public Affairs Officer Leonda Levchuk for the personal tour, as well as for the wealth of information they provided!


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No Two Horns' (Hunkpapa Lakota) dance stick, ca. 1890. South Dakota or North Dakota.
Eagle feathers, metal, wool cloth, pigment, and harness leather.
National Museum of the American Indian (14/1566)
Apsáalooke (Crow) horse crupper, ca. 1885. Montana.
Seed beads, wool cloth, tin cones, hide, rawhide, ribbon, and cotton thread.
National Museum of the American Indian (2/3106)
Northern Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne) shirt, ca. 1865.
Collected between 1855 and 1861 at Fort Laramie, Wyoming by Thomas S. Twiss (ca. 1802-1871, U.S. Indian agent for the upper Platte River).
Hide, porcupine quills, glass pony beads, human hair, horsehair, sinew, tree pitch/gum, paint.
National Museum of the American Indian (8/8034)


If you will be visiting Washington, D.C. this exhibit is a must-see! A Song for the Horse Nation is on view at the National Museum of the American Indian now through January 7, 2013.

For additional information, please go to or call 202-633-1000.

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Piikuni (Blackfeet) elk-skin robe with painted decoration.
By Mountain Chief, mid-1800s. Montana. Pigment and hide.
National Museum of the American Indian (22/1878)
Glass Horse Mask, 2008.
Made by Marcus Amerman (Choctaw, b. 1959). New Mexico.
Multicolored glass.
Collection of the National   Museum of the American Indian (26/7193)
Oglala Lakota beaded horse mask, ca. 1904. Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota.
Seed beads, hide, and sinew.
National Museum of the
American Indian (1413)


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Assiniboine dance stick, made by Medicine Bear, ca. 1860.
Pigment, horsehair, and wood.
National Museum of the American Indian (11/8044)


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Spotted Rabbit (Apsáalooke [Crow]) on horseback, ca. 1905. Montana.
Photo by Fred E. Miller.
National Museum of the American Indian (N13766)
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Lakota Horse Mask, 2008
By Jim Yellowhawk (Cheyeene River Lakota, b.1958). South Dakota.
Acrylic on paper, gold leaf.
National Museum of the American Indian (26/7199)

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BreyerLover2222 Says:
12/15/2016 at 4:07 pm

This is so cool!!! :D

Libs Says:
04/28/2013 at 2:46 pm


I went there for my friend's birthday and i LOVED it SOOOOO much!

rrbreyer Says:
10/29/2012 at 9:17 pm


yes that would make awsome breyer horse model

rrbreyer Says:
10/29/2012 at 9:15 pm

crow horse

That would a great model breyer horse

BreyerLionheart13 Says:
04/18/2012 at 1:24 pm


COOL!Make a crow war pony model!

Lady K Says:
04/16/2012 at 7:23 am

very interesting. Thank you for sharing these photos with us.

Sporthorses Says:
04/10/2012 at 7:29 pm

So cool I wish I could of gone.Breyer make a crow war pony model!!!!!!!!!!!

Purple Fox Says:
04/08/2012 at 9:39 pm

I was able to visit the museum

Last week I was in DC and made a point of going to the exhbit
Very interesting and I was very glad I made it. They did not have the posters ready ( of the Crow War Pony)but should have some within a couple of weeks. I think the lady in the gift store thought they could mail them.
Enjoyed the trip too.

Turfgirl(min) Says:
04/03/2012 at 12:29 am

The modern horse !!

I think we can appreciate all the different people that needed and used the horse in days gone by.I am glad of the now though as our relationship is more partnership and respect instead of just needing it for something...maybe.

breyerfan Says:
03/18/2012 at 2:10 pm


i am native american my dad is all native american i think a good horse movie to watch is SPIRT it has a lot of indian in it

Livi Says:
03/15/2012 at 12:11 pm


Hannah C Says:
03/12/2012 at 9:08 pm

Breyerfest Theme

You know it could be an breyerfest theme for an later breyerfest. It could be an "the old west" theme. Maybe have some people dressed up in indain costumes on some of the native horses. Even put some people dressed up in soldier costumes riding army horses. Since at this time horse were used like this during that time. It is just an idea for an future breyerfest.

Conn Says:
03/12/2012 at 1:18 pm


I collect the indian ponies (with warpaint), this would be a great addition!

lillys girl Says:
03/12/2012 at 7:14 am


The Crow war pony would be an AMAZING model! I would totaly get one!

Ayame Says:
03/11/2012 at 4:02 pm

Cool !

wild2468 Says:
03/11/2012 at 10:31 am


I completely agree that would be the best mold ever :)

sarah turley Says:
03/10/2012 at 10:26 am

horsin around

i agree pamplemousse

Salem Says:
03/10/2012 at 6:17 am

Good Timing!

I was just searching the internet for information on traditional Native American warpaint, because I am planning to do a repaint on a Silver model I picked up recently - so I was actually looking for a good way to paint a white horse! The link to this article was the perfect thing to find in my inbox this morning. Why am I not surprised? Thanks!

WeepingWillow Says:
03/10/2012 at 5:58 am


Very cool! I love the one on the bottom right! So gorgeous...

prmoon Says:
03/09/2012 at 5:02 pm

Easy BREYER Model.....

This is an easy transition model.....used the"Show Jumping WB" MOLD with the unbraided mane as a palomino Medicine Hat type Pinto with the tribal/ coup markings.....
And how about considering a "Native American " theme for an upcoming BREYERFEST???? Colorful, appropriate and awesome!!

Hannah C Says:
03/09/2012 at 4:25 pm

To think at that time people trained horses to ride as today. Also the horses speed helped the indains win some wars. Also the indains took the horses from the Spain when the Spain came to america. The horse was a big help to the indains.

pamplemousse Says:
03/09/2012 at 3:51 pm

The Crow War Pony would be an awesome model to make!

Breyers14 Says:
03/09/2012 at 2:35 pm

Oh, My Gosh

WOW so pretty and awsome wow , i love indians :D
If i went in that museum i will be in there for hours

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