Essay On Comanche Quahadas

During the period of western expansion, the native americans were rapidly pushed into reservations and settlements. Acts such as the Indian removal act and the Trail of Tears were put into effect. However, some Indians fought this wrongful impressment. One of these groups was the Comanche Quahadas lead by their last and strongest leader: Quanah Parker. While Quanah was a very powerful and respected leader of the Comanche people who fought against the whites, Quanah was born half white, this is his story.

Before learning of Quanah’s heroic ventures, one must first learn of his past. Cynthia Ann Parker was Quanah Parker's mother. She was kidnapped by the Comanche tribe when she was 11. S.C. Gwynne, a non-fiction author, described the raid
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However, according to, the Comanche war chief was born around 1848. He was the son of the white captive Cynthia "Naduah" Ann Parker and former chief Peta Nocona. He was given the name of Quanah, or in English, "odor" or "smell." At the age of 11, his father was killed and mother taken away by Texas rangers who had invaded the Indian encampment they resided in. While doesn't go on to explain it, Quanah grew up as a laughed at and bullied kid because of the fact of him being half white (“Quanah Parker”, March 2017). S.C. Gwynne supported this when asked about whether or not this affected his status by, saying "It did . . . until he was 12, when his father was killed." S.C. Gwynne concludes by saying that he compensated for the death of his father and guilt of his heritage by becoming one of, if not the most, amazing warriors of his time. Once his father died, Quanah wanted to prove to the Comanche people that he was strong like them (, June 2010). According to Lester Kosechata, a great-great-grandson of Quanah Parker, in an interview with, Quanah would torture himself in order to prove how strong he was. Kosechata tells of one such incident where Quanah wrapped himself in a buffalo hide for two whole days with no food or drink (, November 1982). This earned him the respect of the Comanche people and would help him later become a great leader and …show more content…
According to, Quanah fended the white men off for nearly a year on the staked plains. However, it ultimately ended in the surrender to the white men at Fort Sill (“Quanah Parker NATIVE AMERICAN LEADER”, March 2017). After arrangements were made, Quanah, along with countless persuaded Comanches, settled on a reservation in southwestern Oklahoma. During the next three decades, Quanah became the main mouthpiece between white civilization and his people. supports this saying "[Texans] were having a cattle dispute [in Texas.] The rangers were wanting Quanah to make the decision for them. They looked up to him. He was a very wise man." While Quanah yearned for the free lifestyle of the Indians, he embraced the white culture (“Quanah Parker: Maybe Not a Wonderful Person, But Truly a Great Man”, November 1982). goes to tell of his promotion of white ways to his people, from encouraging education and agriculture, to becoming a successful businessman. However, despite having embraced the white ways, he still maintained Indian cultural practices (“Quanah Parker NATIVE AMERICAN LEADER”, March 2017). This included polygamy and a major peyote religion. Quanah became very popular, even attracting the attention of president Theodore Roosevelt, when he was invited to Roosevelt's inauguration in 1905. According to Quanah didn't originally

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