Cover

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Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

Acknowledgments

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p. x

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Introduction

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pp. 3-12

Quanah Parker is perhaps the most widely recognized and celebrated Comanche Indian to have ever lived. Why is this? We know very little about Quanah’s life prior to his settling upon the Comanche and Kiowa Reservation in the southwestern corner...

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Chapter 1 Comanche Kinship and Society

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pp. 13-45

Meeting sometime in November, 1785, at a place along the Arkansas River called La Casa de Palo, various Cuchanec (Cuchantica), Jupe, and Yamparica Comanche clans discussed the prospects of forging a general peace with the inhabitants of Spanish New Mexico.1 Several...

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Chapter 2 Comanche Migration and Geographic Mobility

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pp. 46-73

On November 19, 1828, French naturalist Jean Louis Berlandier, Francisco Ruíz, and about thirty Mexican dragoons accompanied a party of “fifty to eighty Comanches” led by Chiefs Quelluna (Keiuna ) and El Ronco as they departed in a north-northwesterly direction from the presidio of Béxar. Berlandier had been anxious to explore...

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Chapter 3 Comanche Horse Pastoralism

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pp. 74-95

The rustling sounds of urgency startled Cristóbal Torres from his midnight sleep. The calm tension that had settled over New Mexico’s Rio Arriba jurisdiction on the evening of August 22 epitomized all frontier settlements in New Spain and thus gave...

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Chapter 4 The Nature of Comanche Economics

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pp. 96-120

In 1776 Fr. Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez detailed the commercial activity he witnessed among Comanches and New Mexicans at Taos. He noted that the Indians entered the pueblo particularly at times when they “are on their good behavior.” During...

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Chapter 5 An Explanation of Comanche Violence

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pp. 121-138

Cowhead Mesa in southwestern Garza County, Texas, has been described as “a typical bread-loaf-shaped western mesa, indistinguishable at a glance from dozens of others in [the] canyonlands [of the upper Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River].” Geologically...

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Conclusion

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pp. 139-144

Students of Comanche behavior have tended to understand it as the result of an adaptation to various environmental conditions. This type of interpretation has given rise to the perception that Comanche society developed in response to the climatic and economic...

Appendix 1

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pp. 145-150

Appendix 2

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pp. 151-176

Appendix 3

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pp. 177-178

Notes

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pp. 179-214

Bibliography

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pp. 215-226

Index

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pp. 227-239