Vintage Photos Of A Great Chief

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Comanche land. Mostly Northwest Texas, Southeast Colorado, Western Oklahoma, and New Mexico:

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Howdy folks and greetings from the Great Plains of North Texas!

I come across many interesting vintage photos in my research so today I wanted to share some of the more intriguing ones.

Today's set are of Quanah Parker who was the last chief of the Comanche. He was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker who was captured from her family's home in 1836 at age ten when her family was massacred.

Quanah was a courageous warrior and lead many battles early in his life until he saw the inevitability of the white expansion and onslaught of settlers.

Quanah turned from warrior to statesman

He went on to become their greatest chief and statesman, negotiating with the whites to establish peace agreements. He was a representative for many tribes and worked tirelessly on behalf of fellow Indians.

Since he was well known we have alot of photos of him. He kept true to his native religious beliefs and Comanche traditions and didn't let the whites influence him in those areas.

He had five wives so it was very controversial among the whites!

Here he is in his traditional Comanche garb, look how long his hair is:

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Here he is with three of his wives. Notice the gun belt and six-shooter on the post:

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It was said that Quanah had 25 children because of all his wives. Here he is with two wives, I don't know if either is in the photo above:

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He was most often photographed with this wife named Tonarcy. I don't know if she was his favorite or just like having her picture taken:

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Here they are later in life in white man clothes. They look really sharp and I think she is still wearing moccasins:

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And in this one Chief Quanah is in traditional clothing but Tonarcy is in Paleface clothing. And his hair is super long again:

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He was a familiar site in Washington D.C. and Congress because he worked to improve conditions for his people so here he is in his politician role duds:

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He looked good no matter what he was wearing but I like him best in his traditional Comanche clothing. Quanah was a great leader and saved many lives of both whites and Comanche by convincing his people to move to the reservations.

If you'll remember my series on Hermann Lehmann, the only reason Hermann surrendered was because Quanah took him to his village and adopted him into his family and offered him his home if he didn't like staying with his family.

I wonder how that worked with five wives though? I mean, I assume each of them had their own teepee? I hope? lol. Maybe sir @ganjafarmer knows.

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I hope ya'll enjoyed these great old photos. Thanks so much for reading, God bless you all!

-jonboy
Texas

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Sometime ago I wondered what would've happened if Columbus really went to India instead of America.

Great photos!

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Howdy spellmaker! That is a great question. Obviously someone would eventually show up and stake their claim, but who?

Good bedtime story. I just had my OFRB for supper. In Newton KS. Down early/up early.

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howdy sir krazzytrukker! sorry I missed this earlier. what is a OFRB? I know where Newton is, been through there many times.

Quanah is one very brave warrior indeed @janton FIVE WIVES?????? That man must have loved a challenge. It certainly would have helped of they all had different tepees. I can just imagine the dramas.......even though they were brought up with these customs. 😀

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lol! howdy Trudee! yes, women are women no matter the culture, I would think. So there had to be some drama and jealousy or competition among them, there just had to be. lol. Wouldn't that have been interesting to be able to interview one of them and get the inside story!

Living between both worlds must have been so difficult. Great job finding all these old photos!

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Howdy Melinda! I agree, it must have been torturous and depressing for almost all the Indians and the leaders knew they couldn't do a thing about stopping the invasion of the whites.

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Howdy steemitboard and thank you for the upvote and keeping track of so many stats!

He has a presence about him, for sure ! Great historical photos of a great chief, @janton :)

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Howdy veryspider! I agree and thank you so much for the upvote and reading and commenting!

These photos are neat. Any where where is carrying weapins or driving a car?

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Howdy sir abitcoinskeptic! I'm not sure I understand the question, you are asking if there are photos of him driving or carrying weapons? I doubt if he ever drove a car, he died in 1911 and at that time very few people had cars.

As far as weapons I've seen him on a horse with a lance but that's the only photo I've seen with a weapon. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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I like seeing contrasting pictures of old and new. I was thinking more Bonnie and Clyde eraI guess from your previous stories. Uou're right about the cars not being common 108 years ago!

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Howdy sir abitcoinskeptic! Yes I agree about the contrasting photos of old and new, I really like doing that when I can. Yeah in Quanah Parker's time it was mostly the wealthy who owned cars. I assume with having to feed and clothe 25 kids and 5 wives he wasn't wealthy!

Honestly to live in those harsh conditions you had to be a tough people....its impressive that they were able to prosper in a semi desert.

In my opinion, seeing them in modern clothes was almost sad

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Howdy sir towjam! yes it's amazing how they adapted to the harsh environment and were able to thrive by using what was available like making bread from desert plant roots and utilizing every part of the cactus plants.

I agree about the clothing, it just doesn't seem right. I guess more practical in a town setting though.

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Howdy esteemapp and thanks so much for the upvote!

Quanah does look more natural in his Indian clothes. He and Tonarcy look handsome in the first photo of them together.
Five wives should have kept him busy . I guess they would each have their role in keeping the household running.

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Howdy again redheadpei! I wish I could have interviewed one of the wives to get the inside story on how that all worked. I mean unless those women were nothing like women in our time, you'd think there had to be competition and at least some jealousy! To keep the peace you would think they'd have to have separate teepees too.

They looked very excited to be photographed.

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lol! Great sarcasm sir Vincent, I agree! lol. They looked so thrilled to be there! hahaha

howdy Sir @janton, yes I remember Quanah from the Hermann story.
I think he looked great in his politicians duds.
5 wives is a bit much methinks, one for every day of the week and only 2 days rest will sure hang me up to be dried up like jerky.
Besides, I will have to invest in an earbud company Lol.
Or make my own earbuds out of a very dense material, such as a hardwood hahaha.
Blessings!

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lol! Howdy tonight sir papilloncharity! I think they all had to have separate teepees or it never would have worked. One wife is hard enough to handle and it would be hard to make enough money to feed and clothe 25 kids!

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Tonarcy is beautiful, Quanah knew how to Instagram decades before the birth of Instagram! Many wives....that dude was busy!!

Great photos, nice post.

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Haha! Howdy sir svedenmacher! Yes, Quanah was an amazing figure and left a great legacy. And lots of kids! lol. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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Strong , brave and intelligent man well done he reminds me of Henry the eighth with 8 wives..lol :)

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lol! Well that aspect would be similar but wasn't Henry a crazy maniac? Whereas Quanah was a gentleman and statesman.

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Yes but they both had the same goal to protect there people's rights :)

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howdy today sir hangin! I'll take your word for it because I know nothing about Henry. I think he was bald wasn't he? So that's a little suspicious! lol.

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He was a lot like me ...lol...funny and loved lots of women...hehe :)

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oh ok, I was thinking he was a maniac but I haven't really studied him.

I love to see old vintage photos and read such an interesting story. He was quite a guy! He actulay wore white man clothing too..............looks like he was not only politician but fashionista too, lol.

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Howdy tonight Miss Lena! Do you think he looks natural in the white man's suit? I think he looks sharp but not natural compared to his traditional clothing. I'm glad you enjoyed those old photos!

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Clearly, the white man clothing does not suit him that well, but he would be very popular today looking like that. If he was let's say fashion designer or rock star, lol.

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lol! Yes, seeing him in white man's clothes it's hard to imagine him on a horse with a bow and arrow attacking people! But I agree, he was a fine looking man.

Nice photos of him. Funny to think how "quaint" his suit looks, even though it would have likely been "the fashion" at the time. I wonder how many of the treaties he brokered or broken by the government shortly thereafter. There's definitely a track record there.

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Howdy sir fotosdenada! I like his suit but I think he looks un-natural in it after seeing him in his native clothes.
Oh the treaties, yes...about 450 of them and every single one was broken by the government.

I would think that Quanah hated to wear the pale face clothing. 5 wives and 25 children? Wow! Great photos. I like to put faces with names, especially these people.

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Howdy again Butterfly! I think he looks good in a suit but I think he doesn't look natural like he does in his native garb but maybe that's just me. Think how many grandkids he had!

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I agree. He does not look natural in a suit. The suit looks like a costume on him. I can't even imagine how many grandkids he had.

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I bet he had at least a hundred grandkids! lol. I hope he got wealthy before he died because that's alot of kids to leave something to!