Reclaiming what was almost lost: How Mādahòkì Farm is sharing the land for healing – Canada’s National Observer

August 16th 2022

It’s a common story, retold again and again: horses didn’t exist on Turtle Island until European contact, when the Spaniards brought them over. The animals escaped domestication in South America, travelling north up the Great Plains, and eventually became wild mustangs.

The only problem is that the story isn’t true.

There are horses native to Turtle Island, though they became endangered after European contact, their numbers reduced to only four mares before a group of Ojibwe men saved them. Those horses, which lived in the boreal forest of Ontario and the northern Midwest in the United States, are called Ojibwe spirit horses.

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