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This book tells the story of the Comanche tribe from first contact to the present. Unlike most works, it is authored by Comanche scholars.
Historical accounts of Comanche people have been largely cataloged by non-Indians unfamiliar with the tribe's political and social systems. The Comanche tribe once dominated the Southern Plains as hunter-gatherers with a horse culture. Today, more than 15,000 Comanche tribal members live, mostly in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.
This book presents a Comanche-centered history of the tribe and provides critical insider perspectives. Authored by Comanche scholars who cover economic, social, and political systems, it includes both historical records and oral traditions of the Comanche Tribe from precontact to the present day. The volume comprises chronological chapters, sidebars, and notable figures, while a timeline and bibliography provide readers with key points and suggestions for further research. By incorporating both reflections on and perspectives from oral traditions, this book will expand readers' knowledge base concerning the impact of the Comanche Tribe on the opening of the western United States.
- Provides a history of the Comanche tribe from the perspectives of tribal members
- Highlights contributions by Comanche leaders and the challenges they faced
- Enables a broader understanding of Comanche traditions