Wallace, Ernest. The Comanches: lords of the south Plains

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Title: The Comanches: lords of the south Plains

Published By: Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1952. xviii, 381 p., 16 plates

By line: Ernest Wallace and E. Adamson Hoebel

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Comanche (NO06)

Subjects: Geography (130); History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Adolescence, adulthood, and old age (880); Kinship (600); Kinship terminology (601); Territorial hierarchy (631); Government institutions (640); General character of religion (771); Medical therapy (757); Recreation (520); War (720);

Abstract: This document is a thorough study of Comanche culture by Wallace, an ethnohistorian, and Hoebel, an anthropologist. Much of the data has been taken from the literature, but a considerable amount was gathered from informants alive at the time the study was done. The book is written in the past tense, and constitutes a reconstruction of Comanche culture as it existed before the influence of white culture changed it radically. Included are sections on the environment and history of the group, the latter section covering relations with the whites and the move to a reservation. Data are given on material culture, the life cycle, social structure, law and government, religion, curing, leisure activities, and warfare.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: no06-003

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1933, 1945

Evaluation: Ethnologists-4,5

Analyst: James R. Leary ; 1958

Coverage Date: 1700-1945

Coverage Place: southwestern United States

LCSH: Comanche Indians


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