Adorning the Horses
The Native Indians considered their horses as highly valuable assets, and would often protect and honor the war horse by painting certain symbols on its body. They were made for its protection to indicate them of troubles and warnings, or in its affections. They made horse war paint of different colors from the materials that were available to them.
Towards the end of the school year when the student's emotions are high, and anxiety creeps in, I like to do an artful project. We painted the horses last week, and as I watched as the kids got off the bus with high energy, they connected with their horses through finger paints and the atmosphere dissolved into quiet and calm. - Janet