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Indians of North America The Comanche 1993

Catalog Data

Nevison, Henry Producer  Search this
Henry Nevison; Producer, Director  Search this
Marty Moss-Coane; Narration  Search this
Harold Boihem; Editor  Search this
Dana Palermo, Rick Scott; Audio  Search this
Andrew Schlessinger, John Gerbec, Dana Palermo; producers  Search this
Physical description:
33 min sound color video
Comanche Indians  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America Great Plains  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
United States, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico
Indians of North America Series: The Comanche. Edited film documents the history of the Comanche American Indians with emphasis on the role of the warrior, the constant conflict with the United States government, assimilation policies and reservation life. Film depicts the early Comanches as buffalo hunters living on the southern plains (now Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma) in democratically run extended families called bands. With the arrival of Spanish explorers emerged livestock and horses which the Comanche quickly adopted as a valuable resource; it was from these horses that the Comanche warrior tradition was born. Film addresses the subsequent pattern of Comanche conflict with the Spanish, French, Mexicans, and Texans regarding the seizure of Comanche lands. Featured are stories of Comanche hero Quannah Parker, the leader of the last band to surrender to the United States Army in 1875 and spiritual leader of the Comanches on the reservations. Themes of U.S. government policy include the impact of the 1887 Dawes Act alotting land ownership in small parcels to Indian individuals, Comanche participation in the U.S. armed forces during World War II, the 1945 Termination, forcing the attendence of Comanche children in public schools rather than in Comanche schools established by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Footage depicts a powwow celebration where drumming represents an expression of the Great Spirit; Comanche teepees; black and white photographs of Quannah Parker; interviews with both Comanche elders and youth expressing the importance of retaining and perpetuating a knowledge and understanding of Comanche culture and traditions.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Land--acquisition of  Search this
Land--as a source of wealth  Search this
Land--as property  Search this
Land--reclamation  Search this
Land--reservations  Search this
Settlement--patterns  Search this
Boundaries--territorial  Search this
Conflict  Search this
Wartime--mobilization  Search this
Territorial--boundaries--exploitation  Search this
Territory--annexed consolidation of  Search this
Government--activities--agencies, relief  Search this
Government--care of dependent ethnic groups  Search this
Government--education--public  Search this
Government--expeditions  Search this
Government--military  Search this
Government--policies  Search this
Government--constitutions  Search this
Military--armed forces  Search this
Military--enlistment--operation  Search this
Military--posts--tactics  Search this
Warriors--status of  Search this
Education--curriculum  Search this
Education--teachers in--theories of  Search this
Education--attitudes toward  Search this
History--oral, as a method  Search this
Spiritualism  Search this
Missions--religious  Search this
Nature--ideas about  Search this
Descent--matrilineal  Search this
Assimilation--of ethnic groups  Search this
Dwellings--teepees as  Search this
Bands--migratory  Search this
Hunting--buffalo  Search this
Horses  Search this
Cattle  Search this
Exploring--expeditions  Search this
Drums--as musical instruments  Search this
Ownership--individual--collective  Search this
Culture--accomodation--adaptation  Search this
Culture--change  Search this
Culture--continuity  Search this
Culture  Search this
Culture--ideals  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1995.1.7
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives