Horse and Native American clockwork toy

A photograph showing a clockwork toy,with a horse and rider who is a native american.

V&A Museum, ©Victoria and Albert Museum,London

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    • This Native American on horseback is part of a set along with this wind-up cowboy toy. In this interactive from our friends at Culture Street, you can see how both toys work.

      Some historians think that when Europeans reached America, explorers thought they had found India, and so referred to the native people as 'Indians.' Although the mistake was soon noticed, the name lingered.

      'Cowboys and Indians' were a popular theme for toys in the 1960s and 1970s as stories about the Wild West were popular with cinema and television audiences.

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