New horses introduced in Native Lights include Osage, Chumash, Cheyenne and Navajo, and their animal companions, including butterfly, dolphin, eagle and snake friends. The new card set also brings new positive messages such as:
• “Be free to change your mind.” — Osage
• “Relax and ride the waves of laughter that spread joy in the world.” — Chumash
• “See the beauty in both the shadow and the light.” — Cheyenne
• “You can choose to change what you think, do, or want.” — Navajo
Neither the animal companion nor the positive message makes the horses more Native. The lack of anything specific tying the horses to Native cultures is telling. These cards aren't about educating kids, they're about making money.
The cards' message isn't a good one for Native people. A oneness with nature and a feel-good spirituality are the essence of a New Age (mis)interpretation of Native beliefs. The cars reinforce the impression that all Native cultures were the same--i.e., pre-industrial hippie communes.