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

Horsehair Bridles, A Unique American Folk Art
Volume 3 of Bridles of the Americas

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By Ned and Jody Martin

This unique American folk art was created in twelve western prisons from 1890 to the 1930s. The history of these stunning bridles and belts is described in this large format book with over 500 color photos. The reader will learn to identify the distinct styles used in each prison, and appreciate some of the individuals who influenced the creation and sale of these beautiful pieces.


Horses and Bridles of the American Indians Volume 2: Bridles of the Americas

By Mike Cowdrey and Ned and Jody Martin

Indian beaded, quilled and cloth bridles are featured in more than 600 color photographs, paintings and historic images. The text includes a chapter and numerous maps documenting new information on the Spread of the Horse to 125 tribes of North America, correcting more than a half century of erroneous publications.

Bridles of the Americas, Volume 1: Indian Silver

By Ned and Jody Martin and Robert Bauver

Bridles of the Americas, vol 1: Indian Silver is a large volume (12" by 13.5") which includes descriptions of the styles and origins of bridles used in Mexico as well as by Native Americans in the Southwest. There is an extensive section by Robert Bauver on Navajo Bridles, their history, manufacture and use.

American Indian Horse Masks

By Mike Cowdrey and Ned and Jody Martin

This first-ever book n Native American Horse Masks features 200 stunning color images and includes 45 masks from museums and private collections. Text covers the history, usage and symbolism of Indian Horse Masks and a chapter by Winfield Coleman on Cheyenne Horse Decoration. Winner of the Wittenborn Book Award for the best art/historical book of the year.

Hawk Hill Press is an Independent publisher producing award winning, beautiful, large format art books of academic quality on the unique American craft of bit and spur making and on Indian horse gear. These books are of great interest to collectors and also make treasured gifts for that special person who loves “horse jewelry” and has an interest in the history of the west, cowboys, silver bits and spurs, American Indian art (beadwork, quillwork, metal work) and beautiful photography.

These books are carefully researched, annotated and indexed. Each volume is a definitive, high quality resource, as well as an artistic delight for the reader.

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