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Facts • The name Comanche is derived from a Ute word meaning “anyone who wants to fight me all the time.” • Homes and Houses: Tepees (also spelled Teepees or Tipis) are tent-like American Indian houses used by Plains tribes. A tepee is constructed from wooden poles and animal skins such as buffalo hides and designed to be quickly set and quickly dismantled - a village could be ready to move in an hour• The names of famous Comanche leaders were Santa Anna who was a Native American War Chief of the Penateka band of the Comanche Indians and Buffalo Hump• Clothes and Clothing - Clothes were generally made from the skins of animals which were sewn together from the thread made from the sinews of deer. • Clothing for men: Men wore breechcloths which were made from a long rectangular piece of animal skin or cloth which was worn between the legs and tucked over a belt, so that the flaps of the breechcloth covered the front and behind. The legs were bare. • Clothing: Men also wore fringed buckskin tunics which were often decorated with beads and buffalo hide cloaks during harsh weather• Clothing: Leggings were worn by both men and women to cover the bare legs and were sometimes decorated with a fringe• Shoes and footwear: Moccasins were made of soft leather or deerskin and sewn together with deer sinew. Moccasins were a soft slip on shoe, or slipper, consist of a sole and sides made of one piece of leather, stitched together at the top and were a light beige color.• Traditional headdres: a cap with eagle feathers and ermine tails trailing behind it

They built there houses out of buffalo hide and made teepees. This was the easiest type of housing for a tribe that was always packing up and moving wherever the herd of buffalo moved.Now they live in apartments and houses.

What was Comanche clothing like? Did the Comanche’s wear feather headdresses and face paint?Comanche women wore long deerskin dresses, and the men wore buckskin war shirts and breechcloths with leather leggings. The Comanche’s wore moccasins on their feet, and in cold weather, they wore long buffalo-hide robes. A Comanche lady's dress or warrior's shirt was fringed and painted with tribal designs. Later, Comanche people adapted European costume such as cloth vests and colorful blanket robes. Here is a site about the symbolism of Plains Indian war shirts, and some photos and links about Indian clothing in general. The traditional style of Comanche headdress was a cap with eagle feathers and ermine tails trailing behind it. In the 1800's, though, some Comanche Indian men preferred to wear the long feather head dress of the northern Plains tribes. Traditionally, Comanche people only cut their hair when they were in mourning. Comanche men usually wore their hair in two braids, which they sometimes wrapped in fur. Comanche women usually wore their hair loose, and sometimes painted the center parts red. Here is a website with pictures of these Indian hair styles. The Comanche’s also painted their faces for special occasions. They used different patterns for war paint, religious ceremonies, and festive decoration. Both men and women sometimes wore tribal tattoos on their chests. Today, some Comanche people still have moccasins or a buckskin dress, but they wear modern clothes like jeans instead of breechcloths... and they only wear traditional regalia on special occasions like a wedding or a dance.

Rites of Passage of the ComancheThe Comanche is a tribe that roams the Southwestern region of America. They are famous for fighting, hunting, and riding horses. At the ages of thirteen or fourteen, the coming of age ceremony starts. It takes several years to prepare for the ceremony. They first must kill a buffalo on their own. If they fail they have to try again after a few months. Then they start the vision quest, the most important part of their rite of passage. This takes place when they are fifteen or sixteen. They take enough food and water to survive for three days, a horse, and a bow. His face is then painted in a way to make him look in to himself and learn about true responsibility.

1. Current : 15,191Before: 45,0002. European Settlers faced annihilation because European disease 3. They were located in the Northern Shoshone tribe of Wyoming, and then they migrated to their modern location in the Southern Plains.4. Federally recognized in 1967. This means the U.S. recognized a Gov. to Gov. relationship, and that a tribe exists politically as a domestic dependent nation. 5. Ten bear, Quanah Parlcer. Ten Bears – he attempted to negotiate peace between the U.S. and Comanches. Quanah Parlcer – great warrior, he and the Comanche fought the Texas Rangers and U.S. army multiple times. Also, very good friends with Roosevelt.6. The Comanche Indians were very skilled fighters on horseback. Also Comanche women wore long deerskin dresses, and the men wore buckskin war shirts and breechcloths with leather leggings. Very famous for their silver and copper jewelry and fine beadwork.


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