Comanches in the New West: 1895-1908

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University of Texas Press, 1999 - Photography - 113 pages
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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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Contents

Historical Introduction
1
A Note on the Photography
35
The Photographs with Captions
47
Piah Kiowa with Lady Alice Snearly
49
Quanah Parker with Other Comanche Horsemen
50
Keithtahroco Big John Pewewardy and Pahkumah
52
Tonawer and Pautchee
54
Tissoyo Yannyconny Pete Snearly and Others
56
Star House
78
Apache Leader Geronimo Posing
80
Geronimo before Post Oak Arbor
82
CurlyBud Ballew with Amy and Carrie
85
Cache Issue Station Oklahoma Territory
86
Piah Kiowa Posing with Gertrude Kelley
88
General Store
90
Hitching Rack before the Issue Station
93

Yannyconny
58
Frank Moetah
61
Bert Seahmer Tree Top and Utah
62
Old Man Komah and Seekadeeah
65
Wockneahtooah
66
Esadooah with Knox Tockawunna Policeman
69
Mounted Comanche Girl
70
Muvecotchy
72
Sherman Poco
74
Quanah Parker with Two Wives
77
Wichita Grass House
94
Cowboys with Whiteface Cattle
97
Gathering of Comanche Men near Cache
98
Parade Forming on Henrietta Square
102
Steam Oil Rig in Petrolia
105
Demonstration of a Kerosene Lamp
106
Piah Kiowa with Lon Kelley
108
Bibliography
111
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About the author (1999)

Daniel J. Gelo is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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