The Horse and the Plains Indians: A Powerful Partnership

by Dorothy Patent and William Muñoz

From the award-winning nonfiction team that brought you The Buffalo and the Indians comes a new companion work that tells of the transformative period in the early 16th century when the Spaniards introduced horses to the Great Plains, and how horses became, and remain, a key part of the Plains Indians' culture.

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547125510
  • ISBN-10: 0547125518
  • Pages: 112
  • Publication Date: 07/10/2012
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

The image of a Native American on horseback has become ingrained in the American consciousness. But the Plains Indians and the horse were not always inseparable. Once, Native Americans used dogs to help carry their goods, and even after the Spaniards introduced the horse to the Americas, horses were considered so valuable that the Spanish would not allow the Indians to have them. But soon horses escaped from Spanish settlements, and Native Americans quickly learned how valuable the horse could be as a hunting mount, beast of burden, and military steed. Follow the story of this transformative partnership, starting in the early sixteenth century and continuing today.

About the author
Dorothy Patent

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of the Washington Post--Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work, which includes more than 130 books for children and young adults on subjects ranging from biodiversity to the spirit bear. She lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana. You can learn more about her on her web site:

William Muñoz

William Munoz has an avid interest in ecology and the environment and has taken the photographs for a number of books written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Mr. Munoz lives in Hamilton, Montana.


"Certain to draw readers who are interested in Native American history or horses, making it a good choice for middle level collections."--School Library Journal, starred review


"Simple language and clear organization help readers fully engage with the material."--Horn Book


"Very well done; and important resource."--Kirkus

 "Thoroughly entertaining . . . readers will easily sit back and enjoy the fun."--Booklist