Clements Center Lecture Series

Rethinking Horses, Native Peoples, and Colonialism in the North American Borderlands

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
6 pm reception followed by 6:30 lecture and book-signing
The DeGolyer Library
6404 Robert S. Hyer Lane at McFarlin Boulevard


Although this event is free and open to the public, seating is limited. 
Click here to register online or call 214-768-3684.


Myth and history alike have treated Plains Indians and horses as closely interconnected.  Thomas Andrews, University of Colorado-Boulder, reconsiders the famous story of plains equestrianism―the rise and fall of the heroic, ultimately tragic resistance mounted by "horse nations" such as the Lakotas and the Comanches―by placing the Plains in a broader continental context.  From Carolina to British Columbia, and from Saskatchewan to Chihuahua, exchanges of horses knit indigenous and colonial societies together in surprising ways.  At the same time, the adoption of horses led to an intensification of violence by upsetting power relationships within indigenous societies, fueling new systems of slavery, subjecting key resources such as bison, deer, and grass to new pressures, and enabling some native nations to mount ferocious wars of territorial expansion.

Thomas Andrews (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) specializes in the social and environmental history of the Rocky Mountain West. The recipient of grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Huntington Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and other organizations, he has authored prize-winning articles on assimilation and native resistance in federal day schools for Native American children; intercultural conflict and cooperation between Hispanos and Native Americans on the southern Colorado frontier; and the erasure of labor from Colorado’s leisure landscapes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Andrews’ book, Killing for Coal, was chosen for the 2009 Bancroft Prize by Columbia University, one of the most coveted honors in the field of history. His work has also been featured in The New York Times and The Denver Post. 

Image from ''Frank Henderson's Drawing Book,'' a rare volume from 1882  richly illustrated by a young Arapaho with 87 drawings.  Frank Henderson was given his name in 1879 when, at the age of 17, he was sent from Darlington, Indian Territory, in what is now western Oklahoma, to attend the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pa. Henderson. In 1881 he returned to Darlington, where he completed the drawing book and worked with missionaries. He died at 23 in 1885.