The Comanche: Nomads of the Southern Plains


Provides an overview of the past and present lives of the Comanche Native Americans, tracing their customs, family life, history, culture, and relations with the United States government.

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Provides an overview of the past and present lives of the Comanche Native Americans, tracing their customs, family life, history, culture, and relations with the United States government.

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Children's Literature
Part of "The American Indian Nations" series, this volume introduces the history and culture of the Comanche, originally of the southern plains, and now of Oklahoma. Enhanced with many attractive color and black and white photos and drawings, five brief chapters discuss: Comanche origins, traditional life-ways, change and culture clash, the Comanche today, and sharing traditions. Inserts present a recipe, brief biographies of modern and historical Comanche leaders, and other related information. The author succeeds in affirming the Comanche as a vital, enduring people of today, while presenting their history and traditional culture. This book is shorter and easier to read than some books from similar anthropological series, and might be especially useful for that reason. A map, index, timeline, glossary, bibliography, Internet site list, and places to visit list are included. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
— Gisela Jernigan, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These titles cover the history of each tribe as well as present-day circumstances and culture. Both include black-and-white and color photos and reproductions. In general, those in Comanche are of better quality and higher interest. Each volume includes a simple map and a recipe. These titles would satisfy the demands of students writing short reports. More thorough studies with better illustrations include Raymond Bial's The Comanche (Benchmark, 1999), Sally Lodge's The Comanche (Rourke, 1992), Willard H. Rollings's The Comanche (Chelsea, 1989), Martin Schwabacher's The Chumash Indians (Chelsea, 1995), and Robert O. Gibson's The Chumash (Chelsea, 1991). Purchase these new titles where additional material on these tribes is needed.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736821803
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Materials Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,237,598
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Englar is a freelance writer and a teacher of English and creative writing. She has a master of fine arts degree in writing from Minnesota State University, and has written more than 30 nonfiction books for children. She continues to read and write about the many different cultures of our world in Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

1 Who Are the Comanche? 5
2 Traditional Life 9
3 Americans Bring Change 23
4 The Comanche Today 33
5 Sharing the Traditions 39
Map: The Comanche Past and Present 7
Recipe: Comanche Plum Bars 15
Comanche Timeline 44
Glossary 46
Internet Sites 46
Places to Write and Visit 47
For Further Reading 47
Index 48
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