The Comanches

A History, 1706-1875

Author: Thomas W. Kavanagh

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803277922

Category: History

Page: 586

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This is the first in-depth historical study of Comanche social and political groups. Using the ethnohistorical method, Thomas W. Kavanagh traces the changes and continuities in Comanche politics from their earliest interactions with Europeans to their settlement on a reservation in present-day Oklahoma.

The Comanches

Lords of the South Plains

Author: Ernest Wallace,E. Adamson Hoebel

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806150181

Category: History

Page: 400

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The fierce bands of Comanche Indians, on the testimony of their contemporaries, both red and white, numbered some of the most splendid horsemen the world has ever produced. Often the terror of other tribes, who, on finding a Comanche footprint in the Western plains country, would turn and go in the other direction, they were indeed the Lords of the South Plains. For more than a century and a half, since they had first moved into the Southwest from the north, the Comanches raided and pillaged and repelled all efforts to encroach on their hunting grounds. They decimated the pueblo of Pecos, within thirty miles of Santa Fé. The Spanish frontier settlements of New Mexico were happy enough to let the raiding Comanches pass without hindrance to carry their terrorizing forays into Old Mexico, a thousand miles down to Durango. The Comanches fought the Texans, made off with their cattle, burned their homes, and effectively made their own lands unsafe for the white settlers. They fought and defeated at one time or another the Utes, Pawnees, Osages, Tonkawas, Apaches, and Navahos. These were "The People," the spartans of the prairies, the once mighty force of Comanches, a surprising number of whom survive today. More than twenty-five hundred live in the midst of an alien culture which as grown up about them. This book is the story of that tribe-the great traditions of the warfare, life, and institutions of another century which are today vivid memories among its elders. Despite their prolonged resistance, the Comanches, too, had to "come in." On a sultry summer day in June, 1875, a small hand of starving tribesmen straggled in to Fort Sill, near the Wichita Mountains in what is now the southwestern part of the state of Oklahoma. There they surrendered to the military authorities. So ended the reign of the Comanches on the Southwestern frontier. Their horses had been captured and destroyed; the buffalo were gone; most of their tipis had been burned. They had held out to the end, but the time had now come for them to submit to the United States government demands.

The Comanche Empire

Author: Pekka Hämäläinen

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300151179

Category: History

Page: 500

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A study that uncovers the lost history of the Comanches shows in detail how the Comanches built their unique empire and resisted European colonization, and why they were defeated in 1875.


The History of a People

Author: T R Fehrenbach

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407091220

Category: History

Page: 592

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Authoritative and immediate, this is a brilliant account of the most powerful of the American Indian tribes. T. R. Fehrenbach traces the Comanches' rise to power, from their prehistoric origins to their domination of the high plains for more than a century until their demise in the face of Anglo-American expansion. Master horseback riders who lived in teepees and hunted bison, the Comanches were stunning orators, disciplined warriors, and the finest makers of arrows. They lived by a strict legal code and worshipped within a cosmology of magic. As he portrays the Comanche lifestyle, Fehrenbach re-creates their doomed battle against European encroachment. While they destroyed the Spanish dream of colonizing North America and blocked the French advance into the Southwest, the Comanches ultimately fell before the Texas Rangers and the U. S. Army in the great raids and battles of the mid-nineteenth century. This is a classic American story, vividly and poignantly told.

Quanah Parker, great chief of the Comanches

Author: Catherine Troxell Gonzalez,Mark Mitchell

Publisher: Eakin Pr

ISBN: 9780890156001

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 44

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Relates, in simple text and illustrations, the life of the last Comanche chief who, among other achievements, helped his people make the change from traditional ways to the new white culture.

Three Years Among the Comanches

Author: Nelson Lee


ISBN: 1365707016

Category: Comanche Indians

Page: 224

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First published in 1859, Nelson Lee's Three Years Among the Comanches is perhaps the most widely known story of all Indian captivity narratives. Lee was a Texan Ranger captured by marauding Indians in the 1850s and forced to live with them as a slave for three years before making his escape. His account includes detailed descriptions of life in a nomadic Comanche village, his marriage to a young squaw, buffalo hunts, Comanche versus Apache conflicts, Comanche mythology and gut-wrenching descriptions of the terrible fates of his fellow-captives who were tortured before him, his life being spared only because of a silver alarm clock he possessed, the loud workings of which mystified his superstitious captors.

Comanches and Mennonites on the Oklahoma Plains

A.J. and Magdalena Becker and the Post Oak Mission

Author: Marvin E. Kroeker

Publisher: Kindred Productions

ISBN: 9780921788423

Category: Comanche Indians

Page: 177

View: 4564

This fascinating history of a German-Russian Mennonite couple, Abraham and Magdalena Becker, stewards of a Mennonite mission to the Comanche Indians at the turn of the century in Oklahoma, is a story of a meaningful life of service.

Comanches in the New West


Author: Stanley Noyes,Daniel J. Gelo

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292755680

Category: Photography

Page: 113

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Novelist Larry McMurtry loaned a collection of glass plate negatives to the University of Texas Press for investigation. "Most appear to be the work of pioneer woman photographer Alice Snearly and her brother-in-law Lon Kelly, who worked in the heart of Comanche territory on the Texas-Oklahoma border. These images preserve the "interim" generation of Comanches ... who endured reservation life and forced moves to individual allotments of farm and ranch land .. A few images of Anglo settlers and towns complete the picture of life in Indian Territory at this moment of change."--Publisher description.

Life with the Comanches

The Kidnapping of Cynthia Ann Parker

Author: Nancy Golden

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9780823943449

Category: History

Page: 32

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Profiles Cynthia Ann Parker, who was captured in 1836 at the age of nine and lived as a Comanche for more than twenty years.

In the Bosom of the Comanches

Author: T.A. Babb

Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1531291023

Category: History

Page: 127

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In the Bosom of the Comanches is the autobiographical narrative of T.A. "Dot" Babb. He was taken captive by the Comanches outside of Decatur, Texas in 1865.

The Comanche

Author: Willard H. Rollings,Ada Elizabeth Deer

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438103719

Category: Comanche Indians

Page: 132

View: 698

Comprehensive and honest accounts of the life and culture of American Indians.

Three Years Among the Comanches

The Narrative of Nelson Lee, the Texas Ranger, Containing a Detailed Account of His Captivity Among the Indians, His Singular Escape Through the Instrumentality of His Watch, and Fully Illustrating Indian Life as it is on the War Path and in the Camp

Author: Nelson Lee

Publisher: N.A


Category: Comanche Indians

Page: 224

View: 4825


Author: David Lee

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1508141436

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 4566

This book explores the great culture of the Comanche, a Great Plains tribe. Readers will learn about traditional Comanche ways of life, and how they changed after European contact. This book also teaches readers about the Comanche migration, conflicts, and the importance of horses to their culture. Captivating text is brought to life through photographs, which help readers grasp the Comanche’s past and present. This exciting book provides a scope through which readers can learn key topics about American history.

Comanche History and Culture

Author: D. L. Birchfield,Helen Dwyer

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP

ISBN: 1433974169

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 5234

Describes the Comanche Indians and their history, land and origins, traditions, and Comanche life today.

Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier

The Ethnology of Heinrich Berghaus

Author: Daniel J. Gelo,Christopher J. Wickham

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623495946

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 9254

In 1851, an article appeared in a German journal, Geographisches Jahrbuch (Geographic Yearbook), that sought to establish definitive connections, using language observations, among the Comanches, Shoshones, and Apaches. Heinrich Berghaus’s study was based on lexical data gathered by a young German settler in Texas, Emil Kriewitz, and included a groundbreaking list of Comanche words and their German translations. Berghaus also offered Kriewitz’s cultural notes on the Comanches, a discussion of the existing literature on the three tribes, and an original map of Comanche hunting grounds. Perhaps because it was published only in German, the existence of Berghaus’s study has been all but unknown to North American scholars, even though it offers valuable insights into Native American languages, toponyms, ethnonyms, hydronyms, and cultural anthropology. It was also a significant document revealing the history of German-Comanche relations in Texas. Daniel J. Gelo and Christopher J. Wickham now make available for the first time a reliable English translation of this important nineteenth-century document. In addition to making the article accessible to English speakers, they also place Berghaus’s work into historical context and provide detailed commentary on its value for anthropologists and historians who study German settlement in Texas. Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier will make significant contributions to multiple disciplines, opening a new lens onto Native American ethnography and ethnology.