National Geographic : 1944 Jul
© National Geographic Society Painting byW.Langdon Kihn Masked by a Howling Blizzard, the Horse Thief Stealthily Approaches a Mount TiedNear ItsSleeping Owner's Tepee Stealing horses was an honorable occupation among the Plains Indians. A successful thief not only got a horse, buthisfellow tribesmen acclaimed him for exposing himself to danger. If he was caught he was killed, just as white men killed horse thieves in the early days oftheWest. Chief honors came from steal ing a mount tied near a tepee, which was much more dangerous than taking one in an open field.