Monday Minstrel: Two Riders by Quincy Tahoma

Native Americans were skilled riders. They rarely had any saddles and other tack and rode bareback or with just a pad and not with any fancy bits or bridles.  Of necessity they developed excellent balance and could ride a galloping horse with ease.

This painting by Quincy Tahoma has an energy that comes right off the canvas. The horses are small and look like they are tough and full of spirit. Their riders appear young but are certainly skilled riders that are completely at home on their horses.

Quincy Tahoma ( 1921-1956)was a Navajo artist and a leading artist of his day.  Sadly he died young as a result of alcoholism.


Quincy Tahoma  “Two Riders” 1938  Houston , Museum of Fine Arts.  


8 Comments Add yours

  1. I’d get bucked off! 😉

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I bet you did some bareback shenanigans when you were a kid. I know I did and I was always coming off and laughing about it. Those were the days!


      1. Haha of course sure did! Fun times and yes a lot of laughing which sometimes made us fall off from all the giggling…

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  2. loshame says:

    I like your post 😊.


  3. (HorseLover4Ever) Elizabeth says:

    Very interesting!

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  4. That anecdote about native Americans tells me that overtime, there is hardly any condition that humans are unable to adapt to. The painting by Quincy Tahoma is beautiful. It is sad to read that he died young. I guess I should take my statement back. Probably we can’t adapt to alcoholism. Alchohol eventually wins. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I think that we can adapt. The survival of all species depends on the ability to adapt. But alcoholism is not adaptable. However if the alcoholic will acknowledge the disease of alcoholism and take steps to work in a program that addresses this disease then that is recovery! And survival! Thank you for your heartfelt comment.,


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