THE SPIRIT OR MEDICINE HORSE. Many Native American tribes and families held certain horses in high regard as Spirit or Medicine horses. The designation was made for horses with unusual markings. These horses could range from appaloosas with a'bearpaw' or handprint' marking in its spotting to paints or pintos with an unusually shaped spot or spots (Medicine Hat or War Bonnet markings were highly prized) to the solid colored animal with an unusual facial marking.
Many so-called Spirit or Medicine horses also had blue eyes which were often called Sky-eyes or Heaven-eyes and added to the mystique which surrounded them. The term Spirit or Medicine horse could also be placed on a more'normally' marked horse who had shown its owner some unusual talent or power, such as alerting its rider to danger that the rider/owner hadn't discerned or being able to find game. Warriors and Shamans as well as other members of the tribe or family valued these Spirit or Medicine horses very highly and believed that the good fortune of their people depended in some part on keeping these animals in their possession. Since horse stealing was considered an honored profession among early Native Americans, it was these particular horses that an enemy warrior or tribe might go after. If they could get away undetected with the valued horse, they were considered to have good medicine' and the theft earned the respect of both their tribes and the enemy from whom the animal had been stolen.
This war club or medicine club was used before a big hunt or battle with the white man or other Indian tribes. Using this club the chief or medicine man would summon the spirit of the horse to aid the tribe in battle. Typically the war club represented an actual horse that had died, a horse with "good medicine" or a horse that was very fast or strong in battle.
The horse hair on this club once belonged to on eof these horses as well as the braided bridle seen on this club. There are many old brass tacks, with square shanks, the old style. The ear of the horse has some slight damage as pictured. The socket drop is in excellent condtion and pliable.This is a museum quality artifact. From the tip of the ear to the end of the fringe on the drop is almost 54 inches. The body of the horse is 28 inches long. The beaded drop is 26 inches long.
I guarantee this club to be authentic and as described. Please send me your questions or reasonable offers. This would be an amazing gift for the wild west or Native American collector in your family. God Bless you all and Happy Holidays. The item "Vintage Lakota Sioux Indian War Club Medicine Club Call Horse Spirit For Battle" is in sale since Friday, December 08, 2017.This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "1stbrigade" and is located in Jonesborough, Tennessee. This item can be shipped worldwide.