Los Comanches: The Horse People, 1751-1845

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This book offers a large, sweeping history of the Comanche Indians, who dominated the Southern Plains from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century. No plains people was more feared or admired for its mastery of warfare and life in a harsh, arid environment. Euro and Native Americans alike anxiously dreaded the ferocity of Comanche enmity yet avidly sought the uncertainty of Comanche friendship. In this richly textured history, Stanley Noyes explores the golden century of Comanche domi-nation of the Southern Plains. 'While his narrative recounts the relations of Comanches to Spanish, French, Mexican, American, and Native American neighbors, his vignettes provide vivid glimpses into Comanche culture and society. This is a sensitive portrait of human society and physical place. By the end of the book, we understand the Comanches both as a peerless warrior society and as an embattled people.

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Thundering across the plains with herds of horses reaching thousands in number, the Comanches were recognized as a dominant force by fellow Indians, Mexicans, and intruding whites. Noyes, a poet, follows the history of this feared but respected group through the records of Mexican and Texan officials in Santa Fe and San Antonio and firsthand accounts of captives and others. As a result, the reader has a clear view of Comanche external relations but lacks insight into what was happening at the center of Comanche life. The author also puts seemingly incomprehensible Comanche practices into a more balanced context. As a source of new insight into Indian-white relations, this work is a valuable contribution to collections in American history, the Southwest, and Native American studies. For informed lay readers and scholars.
- Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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