Friday, May 22, 2015

Travois



This picture shows the ingenious method Indians used to move their camp and belongings. The poles from the tipis were configured onto the horses to create a sled of sort, and then there things were loaded onto the sled. These were called Travois. They were almost as efficient as having wheels.

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  1. Weren't dogs sometimes used to pull small travois? But, watch out if a rabbit was spied! That dog would take off.

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  2. In rough terrain travois are more efficient than wheels. Yes, dogs were used by some tribes to pull travois and no, you don't have to worry about rabbits. Working dogs all learn to ignore distractions while working.

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  3. Trouble with travois -they keep getting shorter! But they work.

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  4. In the book "Pretty Shield: A Crow Medicine Woman" a very old native lady is interviewed back in the 1930's. When asked what event or change was of most benefit to the women she unhesitatingly declared "horses", which she had been told by her elderly grandmother as a small child. The reason was that the burden bearing was transferred from the women's backs to the horses' backs. I recommend the book, a great enlightening read.

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