American Wild Horse: Commodity or Sacred Being?

Credit: Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott, Minden Pictures
[Credit: Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott, Minden Pictures]


I’m interested in the intersection of indigenous horse culture and resistance/resilience especially as it relates to wild horse populations on indigenous-controlled land. 


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