Books on the
Art & History of Indian & Cowboy Horse Gear
By Ned & Jody Martin

aihm_cover-leather image


American Indian Horse Masks
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 :
Historical Origins
Chapter 2:
Symbolic Motif
Chapter 3:
Horse Masks of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Crow
Chapter 4:
Horse Masks of the Northern Plains
Chapter 5:
Horse Mask of the Teton Lakota
Chapter 6:
Riders of the Storm: The Shamanaic Basis of Cheyenne Horse Decoration
Chapter 7:
Horse Masks of the Plateau



American Indian Horse Masks

By Mike Cowdrey and Ned and Jody Martin

Hawk Hill Press is proud to announce the first ever book on Indian Horse Masks, featuring 200 stunning color images in an impressive 12” by 15” format. Includes 45 masks from museums and private collections. Text covers the history, usage and symbolism of Indian Horse Masks.

Mike Cowdrey, long fascinated by the beauty of American Indian arts, is the author of Arrow's Elk Society Ledger: A Southern Cheyenne Record of the 1870s, and American Indian Horse Masks. He lives in San Luis Obispo, California.


2007 winner of the Wittenborn memorial Book Award given to creators of exemplary publications evaluated for excellence in standards of content, documentation, layout and format.

Wittenborn Award Winner

2007 winner of a Bronze medal in the coffee table category of the Independent Publisher awards.

Independant Publisher Award Winner

Hardback Edition | $65.00 plus shipping

All books shipped by USPS. Call for expedited shipping or wholesale prices.

Please select a destination



Book Reviews

“This beautifully illustrated, in-depth study will surely be regarded as an important contribution to our greater understanding of Plains and Plateau Indian art and culture. The publication fully explores the remarkable stylistic variation existing in this dramatic form of horse gear, the ways in which these powerful masks related to other kinds of horse decoration, and the various meanings associated with their creation and use.”

~Gaylord Torrence
Merrill Curator of American Indian Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


"Mike’s deep interest in the symbolic content of Plains art is evident in his analysis of the details of decoration and form of these unique objects of horse gear. This, together with Ned Martin’s clear and detailed photographs of the existing masks, and the treasures of photographic archives illustrating their use, rescues the horse mask in graphic form from its undeserved obscurity."

~Bill Holm
Curator Emeritus, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture Seattle, Washington


"Twenty-eight years ago I encountered my first horse mask, and I still remember the frustration I felt at not being able to find any scholarship regarding this unique art form. At long last, Ned and Jody Martin have teamed up with Mike Cowdrey to produce exactly the publication I sought...a well-illustrated catalog of many of the known examples, combined with a knowledgeable text. Kudos!"

~H. Malcolm Grimmer
GrimmerRoche Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Return to top Top
About Us & Contact Info | Order Form | Site Map | Home

© Copyright 2013-2020 Hawk Hill Press. All rights reserved.
Website maintained by Ariste Software, LLC