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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 10/27/2011

The legacy of the horse is celebrated at the National Museum of the American Indian

The legacy of the horse has just hit its stride at the National Museum of the American Indian, as the museum presents an expanded version of the exhibit “ A Song for the Horse Nation ” on Sat. Oct. 29.

To help celebrate, the Smithsonian has partnered with the 53rd annual Washington International Horse Show to present free events for children and their families on Sat. Oct. 29 and Sun. Oct. 30, including a war painting demonstration on a live pony from Crow equestrian and Tribal General Council patron Kennard Real Bird at the Verizon Center, and more.

Lakota tipi, ca. 1890-1910. South Dakota. Muslin, paint. (20/7873). (Courtesy of the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian)
The exhibit relays how the horse revolutionized travel, hunting and more for Indians, and served as a muse for art and culture. The exhibition debuted at the Smithsonian museum’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York in 2009 and, among its 122 objects, features a 16-foot high 19th century hand-painted Lakota tipi that portrays horse-raiding and battle scenes on its cloth, along with life-size model horses, and rifles once owned by warriors Geronimo and Chief Joseph.

Free shuttle service will be available. Activities will run at both facilities from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Mall and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Verizon Center, and at the museum only on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The exhibit will remain open until Jan. 7, 2013. The Horse Show will end Oct. 30. The National Museum of the American Indian is located at Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, SW. For more information check the exhibition’s blog at learn more about the horse show visit

By Erin Williams  |  12:56 PM ET, 10/27/2011

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