Comanches in the New West, 1895-1908: Historic Photographs

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Novelist Larry McMurtry once received a photograph showing a demonstration of the then-new kerosene lamp to a mixed crowd of cowboys, soldiers, and Indians. To him, this image captured the transition from the Old West to the New West and led him to purchase the collection of glass plate negatives from which this print came. Sensing that the collection contained a fascinating record of cultural change and survival, McMurtry loaned it to the University of Texas Press for ...
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Novelist Larry McMurtry once received a photograph showing a demonstration of the then-new kerosene lamp to a mixed crowd of cowboys, soldiers, and Indians. To him, this image captured the transition from the Old West to the New West and led him to purchase the collection of glass plate negatives from which this print came. Sensing that the collection contained a fascinating record of cultural change and survival, McMurtry loaned it to the University of Texas Press for investigation.

With the assistance of Comanche expert Daniel J. Gelo and others, Stanley Noyes has identified the photographers, subjects, and settings of these thirty-two photographs. Most appear to be the work of pioneer woman photographer Alice Snearly and her brother-in-law Lon Kelly, who worked in the heart of Comanche territory on the Texas-Oklahoma border.

These images preserve the "interim" generation of Comanches, including Quanah Parker and two of his wives, who endured reservation life and forced moves to individual allotments of farm and ranch land. Yet the photos show not a defeated but a resilient people who have held on to many of the old ways while adopting enough of Anglo culture to survive.

Noyes's historical introduction provides context for the photos, which he also describes in detailed captions. A few images of Anglo settlers and towns complete the picture of life in Indian Territory at this moment of change.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Historical Introduction 1
A Note on the Photography 35
The Photographs, with Captions 47
1 Piah Kiowa with "Lady Alice" Snearly 48
2 Quanah Parker with Other Comanche Horsemen 50
3 Keithtahroco, Big John Pewewardy, and Pahkumah 52
4 Tonawer and Pautchee 54
5 Tissoyo, Yannyconny, Pete Snearly, and Others 56
6 Yannyconny 58
7 Frank Moetah 60
8 Bert Seahmer, Tree Top, and Utah 62
9 Old Man Komah and Seekadeeah 64
10 Wockneahtooah 66
11 Esadooah with Knox Tockawunna, Policeman 68
12 Mounted Comanche Girl 70
13 Muvecotchy 72
14 Sherman Poco 74
15 Quanah Parker with Two Wives 76
16 Star House 78
17 Apache Leader Geronimo, Posing 80
18 Geronimo before Post Oak Arbor 82
19 Curly "Bud" Ballew with Amy and Carrie 84
20 Cache Issue Station, Oklahoma Territory 86
21 Piah Kiowa Posing with Gertrude Kelley 88
22 General Store 90
23 Hitching Rack before the Issue Station 92
24 Wichita Grass House 94
25 Cowboys with Whiteface Cattle 96
26 Gathering of Comanche Men near Cache 98
27 Early Texas Farmhouse 100
28 Parade Forming on Henrietta Square 102
29 Steam Oil Rig in Petrolia 104
30 Demonstration of a Kerosene Lamp 106
31 Piah Kiowa with Lon Kelley 108
Bibliography 111
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2007

    dont buy it for the photos.

    i was going to send it back at first. most all photos are common, quality of photos is poor. the picture of quanah parker has been seen about a million times before. however there are one or two that are outstanding-the coal oil lamp demonstration photo is a first as far as i know. if you are a serious comanche, or quanah paker fan this book might be ok. otherwise, pass.

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