Painted Horse drum group honor the spirit of the horse to welcome in the keynote address, "Horses at Work in Contemporary Society," at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Shoshone, Paiute and Pit River tribal members make up Painted Horse – a drum group from the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada. The Painted Horse drum group represents the eighth generation descended from Shoshone tribal member Old Horse, who lived in the Great Basin in the late 1700s. Founded in 1975, the drum group performs for pow wows and ceremonial and special events in their home community of Duck Valley Indian Reservation and throughout the Western States region. They carry forward older traditional and family songs drawing on their Shoshone, Paiute, and Pit River heritage. The Painted Horse family was the last family to hold the horse dance using actual horses in the 1940s. The family group is led by respected horseman, tribal elder, and buckaroo Reggie Sope.
In 1991, Painted Horse was asked to tour and perform in several towns in Germany at the invitation of the Democratic Party of Germany. They were also the only tribe and drum group to be invited to honor President George Bush Jr. at the Idaho Center, Napa, Idaho.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Elko Convention Center's Laurena Moren Theater on Jan. 30, 2020.
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