The Ojibway Spirit Horse are rewriting history books. It has been thought that horses came to North America with the Spanish explorers and Europeans during colonization, but the Indigenous Elders knew these sturdy little horses of the big woods were always here on Turtle Island. They roamed by the thousands in the northern part of the continent, but as colonization gained a foothold, these “Indian Ponies” were considered worthless and systematically eradicated along with native culture, spiritual teachings, mobility and the independence of First Nations people. In 1977 only 4 mares remained on the island of Lac Lacroix. Through conservation efforts their numbers have grown to approximately 200 and are an example of recovery and the resilience of this Indigenous breed.