The Colors of Horses – Shunka Wakan Oyate

Moon shining full blue moon

What are your favorite colors for horses? Do you know how diverse they are? Below is a description of the colors of horses written by Darrell Marcus KillsinSight, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, more properly known as Sicangu Lakota Oyate, or Burnt Thigh People.

Historically warriors, hunters and expert horsemen, this tribe highly valued native plants and wildlife, including horses. Today, they call almost one million acres surrounding Rosebud, in south-central South Dakota, home. With around 33,000 enrolled members, the Rosebud Sioux tribe are the second largest in South Dakota.

The Creator gave the Horse its color …Black and White horse for the night and day, with Power that it gives the Sun and Moon;

Black and white paint horse on the range out West
Black and white paint horse on the range out West

Pure White horse for the pureness in the Sky, 

White mustang horse
A beautiful white mustang horse

Brown and White for People to speak first with them and communication.

Brown and white Paint Horse
A curious brown and white Paint Horse
Brown and white Paint Horse by a tipi
Brown and white Paint Horse running by a tipi

Black for the Stars, 

Black mustang mare and foal
Black mustang mare and foal

and Yellow to show the Medicine People where the plants grow.

Palomino horse and blue sky
Palomino horse and blue sky

And, Sorrel for the red earth and the red pipestone. The Horses walk upon the soil; they are the Life-givers of strength.

Sorrel horse
Sorrel horse in the golden light

-Words By Darrell Marcus KillsinSight, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, South Dakota 
Photos By Karla R. LaRive

About the Author and Photographer: A long-time advocate for preserving the legacy of wild horses, Karla LaRive comes to the CANA Foundation with a background in photography, communications and marketing.

Her production company, PK Productions, LLC was founded in 2006 with a focus in media production, music management and cultural awareness. In 2015, PK Productions LLC was nominated for a Grammy (NARAS) for “Best Regional Roots Album” as Producer on GENERATIONS featuring Windwalker and the MCW. Her company has also won two Native American Music Awards (NAMA) in addition to other memorable music nominations… More on Karla.

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