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Excerpt from The Terena and the Caduveo of Southern Mato Grosso, Brazil The introduction of the horse into the Chaco both altered and accentuated the already existing relationships between the Mbaya and Guana. Quite characteristically the warlike Guaicuru speaking people were the first to adopt the horse. The Mbaya are said to have had the horse by 1672 (azara, 1923, vol. 2, p. To the Mbaya bands the horse gave increased mobility and striking power. The more distant tribes and even the Spanish outposts could now be reached and raided with impunity. The use of iron for making spear heads, knives, and axes added to the power of the individual warrior. With increased military power came increased wealth in war captives, horses, cattle, and other loot. The social distino tions based on birth, military exploits, and wealth became more pronounced. War captives became SO numerous that they could no longer be absorbed and became, in reality, a slave class. The leading chiefs and their relatives adopted a proud and arro gant attitude in keeping with their wealth and prestige and their freedom from the mundane tasks of hunting and fishing. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.