The horse played a prominent role in the leisure time activities of Blackfoot children and adults in 19th century buffalo days.
Some of the toys of Blackfoot children were designed to help them imitate the daily activities of their elders in their play. Bradley ( 1923, p. 275) reported that girls "built miniature lodges, collected bundles of wood and made travails." The little lodges, travois and other small-scale reproductions of camp equipment were packed on toy horses in playing "moving camp." The conventionalized horse was a forked stick, the basal end of which was pushed into the ground to support the travois and equipment when not being moved (fig. 31). Girls aged about 6 to 9 years engaged in this play, as recently as ca. 1910.
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Publication information: Book title: The Horse in Blackfoot Indian Culture:With Comparative Material from Other Western Tribes. Contributors: John C. Ewers - Author. Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1955. Page number: 225.