Up until now scientists and historians have had the last word on the subject. It is curious that paleontogists say yes horses went extinct around 11,000 years ago in the Americas, yet indigenous people say they’ve always had horses. A salient question would be which group knows the most about life on this continent before Columbus? What does oral history say? And are there bones that would prove their stories’ authenticity?
I set out to write the romantic story of how horses went extinct here, then the Spanish brought them back to the Americas 12,500 years later to where the species began. As I began my digging, a new story emerged. A Lakota researcher named Yvette Running Horse Collin earned her PhD in 2017 focusing on the horses of indigenous tribes. She spent years investigating traditional oral history stories that talk about horses as a cultural underpinning of their lives. She combines oral history, paleontology, Spanish history, and linguistic cultural evidence to show the truth, that horses did not become extinct in the Americas.
What are the facts?
To be continued…
Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco! ¡Olé! –Rebecca