Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker

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  • I'm gonna be a leader just like my father.
  • Quanah (meaning odor or smell) Parker was born around 1845.  His father was Comanche Chief Peta Nocona and his mother was the one and only Cynthia Ann Parker. Quanah was born around Cedar Lake northeast of Seminole, Texas, in Gaines County. 
  • Come on horses, This way.
  • In 1860,  Quanah's father died defending an encampment on the Peace River against Texas Rangers under Lawrence Sullivan Ross. Quanah wanted to show people he was a leader like his father,so he became an accomplished horseman and gradually proved himself to be a leader.
  • Quanah was apart of a group called the Quahadas. The Quahadas refused to attend the Medicine Lodge Treaty Council or to move to a reservation. As a result they became fugitives on the Stalk Plains. 
  • I surrender 
  • For 7 years Quanah had Ranald S. Mackenzie chasing after him and the other Indians.Mackenzie made attempts in 1871-1872 but all failed. On October 9,1871 Quanah raided the army's campsite and took their horses. 
  • Buffalo hunters soon went onto the plains to kill or at least injure the Indians to remove them. Quanah and his people wanted to keep their independence and protect their survial. He formed an alliance to get rid of the hunters. In this alliance were troops from Cheyennes, Arapahoes, Kiowas, and Comanches tribes.
  • On June 27, 1874, Quanah and the alliance attacked 28 hunters and 1 women house at the Adobe Walls.This was seen as a disaster for the Indians, the hunters weapons were too powerful the Indians couldn't fend them all off. The Indians retreated and the alliance was ruined .1 year later Quanah and the Quahadas were running out of options,so they surrendered their independence and moved in the Kiowa-Comanche reservation.
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