The Wild Bunch

Werner Nokota Horses

werner nokota 346We are Nokota horses. On hot summer days we graze out in the field all day, but when the bugs gets too annoying we take a siesta and hang out by the front porch at our barn, away from the sun, away from the bugs. We accumulate a lot of raw energy from all that resting and grazing. Late in the evening when the sun gets below the tree tops, or on any cloudy day like yesterday, we turn up the heat and show our real colors.

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This is five year old Bluebell Star, a full-blooded Traditional Nokota© Horse and she runs this outfit. Her first three years of her life she spent in North Dakota at the Kunz family ranches, where she learned a lot from her mother Black Spotted Socks and all the other Nokota horses. She is a proud blue roan and perfectly aware of her beauty.

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Sakakawea’s first horse was a Nokota

Werner Nokota Horses

mw nokota 003Sakakawea is one of the most famous women in American history.

The statue in Bismarck, ND The statue in Bismarck, ND

She was the young woman who guided Lewis and Clark on the Corps of Discovery for the North West Passage from St Louis to the Pacific Ocean. Even if the meaning and result of the endeavor may be deeply questioned, her personal efforts were crucial for the expedition’s success and survival, but this is another story.

What caught my attention this time is that reliable information about Sakakawea is scarce, but the general opinion and most history books says Sakakawea was born in a subtribe of the Lemhi Shoshone called the Agaidika tribe, Idaho. In the year 1788, at age twelve, she was taken captive by the Hidatsa to a village in present day Washburn, North Dakota.

However, oral history of the Hidatsa-Mandan tells a different story. It seems that what once started as…

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