The Apsáalooke or Crow people acquired the horse in the early 1700s and by the 1800s they had the largest herds on the Northern Plains. The horse quickly became the mainstay of economics, warfare, and spirituality. The relationship and material culture that Crow people developed with and for the horse is the subject of this presentation.
The history and cultural significance of the horse and associated gear will be examined and illuminated through a power-point presentation by Tim McCleary, Ph.D.
Timothy P. McCleary Ph.D.
Timothy McCleary received his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign, and has been a professor at Little Big Horn College, the Crow tribal college, for twenty-eight years. His lifelong interest in how different cultures perceive the world lead him to the field of anthropology. Through his studies he has examined various aspects of the historic and contemporary culture of the Crow people. This research has covered such varied topics as the legal battles of the Native American Church in Montana, the rise of Pentecostalism on the Crow Indian Reservation, and the cultural, historical and religious significance of rock art produced by Plains Indians. This most recent interest has guided him to examine the material culture of the Crow.