The Comanche were one of the first tribes to acquire horses from the Spanish and one of the few to breed them to any extent. They also fought battles on horseback, a skill unknown among other Indian peoples.
Fun and Games The children liked to go fishing and hunting with their fathers when it was play time. The children also had dolls, toys, and games to play. A popular game the Comache people played was called Hoop Game. They played by trying to throw long darts into a circle hoop.
Their infamy quickly grew among the other tribes, as it’s shown in their name. While they called themselves Numunuu, meaning “the People,” the term Comanche means something completely different. It’s a Spanish corruption of the Ute word “Kohmahts,” which translates to “those who are against us,” or simply “the enemy.”
Their clothing, made of bison hide or buckskin, consisted of breechclout, leggings, and moccasins for men, and fringed skirt, poncho-style blouse, leggings, and moccasins for women. Buffalo robes provided protection from cold weather. But it was the horse that most clearly defined the Comanche way of life.
The practice was most common among eastern Woodland Indians and tribesmen of the Plains. The farther west you moved, the rarer it became. Warriors of the Great Plains decorated their bridles, lances and shields with scalp locks raised from the enemies.
Colonel Mackenzie and his Black Seminole Scouts and Tonkawa scouts surprised the Comanche, as well as a number of other tribes, and destroyed their camps. The battle ended with only three Comanche casualties, but resulted in the destruction of both the camp and the Comanche pony herd.
Many Comanche children like to go hunting and fishing with their fathers. In the past, Indian kids had more chores and less time to play in their daily lives, just like colonial children. But they did have dolls, toys, and games to play.
The Comanche tribe lived in tent- like homes called tepees. The tepeee were constructed from long wooden poles that were covered with weather-proof animal skins such as buffalo hides. The tent was pyramid shaped, with flaps and openings. The tepee was rounded at the base and tapered to an open smoke hole at the top.
Comanche tribal enrollment now numbers 16,372 with approximately 7,763 members residing in the Lawton-Ft. Sill and surrounding areas of Southwest Oklahoma. The Comanche Nation complex is located nine miles north of Lawton, Oklahoma and employs about four-hundred people.
Comanche in American English (kəˈmæntʃi, kou-) nounWord forms: plural (for 1) -ches or esp collectively -che. 1. a member of a Shoshonean tribe, the only tribe of the group living entirely on the Plains, formerly ranging from Wyoming to Texas, now in Oklahoma.
The only place with full blooded Native Americans left is Dominica, with about 3,000 of the Kalinago people living peacefully on the countries northern coast.
The Eastern tribes smoked tobacco. Out West, the tribes smoked kinnikinnick—tobacco mixed with herbs, barks and plant matter.
The last of the Apache tribe, the Chiricahua, surrendered in 1886. They were deported to Florida and Alabama prisons. There are still several Apache tribes today. There are approximately 5,000 Apaches today.