This program incorporates oral interviews with Comanche elders focusing on the history and life of the Plains Indians of Texas during 19th century. Unique among object theaters, this exhibit gives visitors of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum the impression of an elaborate artifact case shaped as a replica Comanche tipi. When lights inside the tipi dim, a buffalo hide is illuminated by a plasma screen and the program begins.
Lawrie Tatum, first Kiowa agent, with group of rescued children. 1872-73. Tatum was known to the Kiowa and Comanche tribes as Pot-ta-wat Pervo (Bald Head Agent). While acting as Indian agent, Tatum secured the release of many white and Mexican captives, including the family of Gottfried Koozer, whose wife and five children were kidnapped by Kiowa Chief White Horse. Tatum resigned his position on March 31, 1873 partly in protest to the release of Satanta, which he opposed.
Rudolph Fischer (1852 - 1941) was a White captive of the Comanche tribe for decades. Abducted at age 13 by a Comanche war party near Fredericksburg, he was adopted into the Comanche tribe. Like some others caught in this situation, Rudolph accepted the Indian lifestyle so completely that he refused to leave it when given the chance. He took two Comanche wives and went with the tribe to its new slice of Oklahoma, where "he was fruitful and multiplied."
W.H. Jackson and Irwin & Mankins Cabinet Cards of American Indians - Click for full size image, details and valuation from Cowan's Auctions. Lot of 2, including a albumen portrait of Long Soldier, titled in negative and mounted on the Department of the Interior's USGS printed cardstock; PLUS a silver gelatin photograph of outdoor portrait of a Comanche man; Irwin and Mankins' Chickasha and Duncan, Indian Territory imprint below image.
In 1869 Comanche Chief Tosawi told Sheridan "Me Tosawi. Me good Indian." Sheridan replied "The only good Indians I ever saw were dead." This was then misquoted as "The only good Indian is a dead Indian." Sheridan denied he had made the statement. Earlier in Congress James Cavanaugh said "I have never seen in my life a good Indian, except when I have seen a dead Indian." Could it have been mistakenly attributed to Sheridan? It really doesn't matter. This was the attitude of US Government.
Wander around 8th and Colorado late at night. This is where the first Capitol building stood in Austin. Do you see the spirits of the young Indian maiden and her lover, the young Texas scout? Her Comanche Chief father avenged her abduction from the tribe by killing the scout as he slept. His daughter killed herself with a knife in grief over her lover's death.
Comanche Joe Charcole Dance Fx by G Adam Orosco
Fine Art America
Comanche Villages offered shelter to several divisions of Comanche Indian bands. Tipis were organized in parallel lines, giving villages the appearance of streets and row houses. Noyes, Stanley. Los Comanches the Horse People, 1751-1845. Albuquerque [N.M.: University of New Mexico, 1993. Print.
As the South Plains reverberated with the hoof beats of Indian raiders, the U.S. Army retaliated with the Red River Campaign, which lasted a year, and would end in the final relocation of the Southern Plains Indians to reservations. Quannah Parker and his Quahadi Comanches were the last to abandon the struggle, and their arrival at Fort Sill's Quartermaster Corral in June, 1875 marked the end of Plains Indian warfare on the Southern Plains. This was my husbands distant cousin
Native American Family Lyon Nebraska Peabodys from CrowCreekUnique An unidentified Native American Family photographed by Peabody's Studio in Lyons, Neb. A lot of Plains Indians made their homes nand Hunted in this area including the Arapaho, Pawnee/Kiowa, Cheyenne, Comanche Sioux, and the Lakota. Dates to the 1890s-1910s
Black Horse - second chief of the Comanches behind Quanah Parker. After surrendering in 1875, Black Horse was immediately sent to prison in Florida. Returning to the reservation in 1878, he soon left for Texas under the pretense of hunting buffalo - which turned into what is considered the last Indian raid in Texas. After a running battle with Texas Rangers, Ranger W B Anglin was killed northwest of Midland TX, whereupon, Black Horse returned to the reservation and settled down forever.