Iron Spur Collected by Father Noël Dumarest

Iron Spur Collected by Father Noël Dumarest

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Horses and riding equipment such as spurs, saddles, and stirrups played a fundamental role in Spanish conquest, exploration, and settlement. In the 1500s, the Spanish brought cattle, sheep, and horses into northern Mexico. Spanish settlers and Native peoples developed ranching and grazing economies through much of the Southwest. This spur was collected by Father Noël Dumarest sometime between 1894 and 1900 when he was placed in charge of the Indian Pueblos of Cochiti, Santo Domingo, and San Felipe as well as several Mexican towns.
Object Name
Date made
19th century
place made
place used
United States: New Mexico
Physical Description
iron, wrought (overall material)
overall: 22.8 cm x 11.6 cm x 9.1 cm; 8 31/32 in x 4 9/16 in x 3 19/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Horseback Riding
Native Americans
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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