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  1. Indigenous tribes revive horse heritage with bareback races in Oklahoma

  2. Competitors race three different horses bareback around a one-mile track, jumping off one horse and onto another between laps, often in tribal regalia including war bonnets, with the horses painted in traditional style. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  3. The setting in Oklahoma was particularly apt, given the state's Native American population of nearly 10% and the 2020 U.S.

  4. A woman from Dancing Eagles dance troupe from the Osage and Creek tribes performs a dance. Horse relays are one of the most popular pastimes in Native American culture to have survived the U.S.

  5. A rider mounts his horse during the "horse exchange" at an Indian relay race. Organizer Jim Stevens called the relay the biggest in the known history of Indian Relay races in terms of tribes, people and vendors signed up to participate.

  6. A rider crosses the finish line. The individual and team races have separate classes of competition for chiefs, warriors, elders and women. Each rider is paired with a mugger, the name for the person who holds the horse still during the transition.

  7. Women riders pull into where they exchange horses during an Indian relay race. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  8. A rider from the Arrow Lakes team jumps onto a bareback horse. The five-day Indian Relay, held at the Osage County Fairgrounds, ended with a stirring finish to the men's championship relay, the premier event. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  9. A rider from the War Chiefs team walks in the mud after losing his mount during the "horse exchange".

  10. A rider from the War Chiefs team mounts his horse during the "horse exchange". REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  11. A girl paints a horse. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  12. Michelle Whitehorse from the Navajo Nation paints her face before participating in an Indian relay race. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  13. Michelle Whitehorse from the Navajo Nation paints her horse before participating in an Indian relay race. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  14. A young boy gets his face painted for competition. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  15. Jesse James White from the Bad Nation Indian relay team takes care of his horse after racing. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  16. Violet Carson,13, waits in the horse barn until her time to ride during an Indian relay race. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  17. Competitors participate in an Indian relay race. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  18. Audience members applaud the races. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  19. Kaden Bringsplenty brings his horse to the starting line. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  20. People stand for the pledge of allegiance. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  21. A rider from the Blue Blossom team competes. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  22. Crystal Dove (R) smiles at her daughter in a camp. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  23. Riders in action during a race. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  24. Riders take part in a race. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  25. A rider is covered in mud as Native Americans participate in an Indian relay race over Memorial Day weekend at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, May 31, 2021.

  26. People navigate a muddy track at the Osage County Fairgrounds. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  27. Bad Nation team members "smudge" themselves and their horse before participating in an Indian relay race. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  28. Bad Nation team members paint their horse before participating in an Indian relay race. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  29. A man lights sage on fire to bless the horses. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  30. A rider jumps on a horse during an Indian relay race. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  31. Audience members watch. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  32. A rider from the Arrow Lakes team jumps off of a bareback horse. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  33. Kaden Bringsplenty brings his horse to the starting line. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  34. The Paha Sapa team poses in the winners area. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  35. An audience member watches. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

  36. Audience members watch. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith