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Camanche Collection

"Unleashing the Spirit of the Comanche: A Glimpse into their Fierce Legacy" Step back in time and witness the untamed spirit of the Comanche

Background imageCamanche Collection: Esipermi-Comanche, c1927. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Esipermi-Comanche, c1927. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Esipermi-Comanche, c1927. American Indian man, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right

Background imageCamanche Collection: Comanche War Party, Mounted on Wild Horses, 1834-1837. Creator: George Catlin

Comanche War Party, Mounted on Wild Horses, 1834-1837. Creator: George Catlin
Comanche War Party, Mounted on Wild Horses, 1834-1837

Background imageCamanche Collection: Comanche Lodge of Buffalo Skins, 1834-1835. Creator: George Catlin

Comanche Lodge of Buffalo Skins, 1834-1835. Creator: George Catlin
Comanche Lodge of Buffalo Skins, 1834-1835

Background imageCamanche Collection: Comanche Feats of Horsemanship, 1834-1835. Creator: George Catlin

Comanche Feats of Horsemanship, 1834-1835. Creator: George Catlin
Comanche Feats of Horsemanship, 1834-1835

Background imageCamanche Collection: Comanche Warrior Lancing an Osage, at Full Speed, 1837-1839. Creator: George Catlin

Comanche Warrior Lancing an Osage, at Full Speed, 1837-1839. Creator: George Catlin
Comanche Warrior Lancing an Osage, at Full Speed, 1837-1839

Background imageCamanche Collection: Minimic, c. 1878. Creator: James Wells Champney

Minimic, c. 1878. Creator: James Wells Champney
Minimic, c. 1878

Background imageCamanche Collection: Camanchee Chief, His Wife, and a Warrior, 1861. Creator: George Catlin

Camanchee Chief, His Wife, and a Warrior, 1861. Creator: George Catlin
Camanchee Chief, His Wife, and a Warrior, 1861. Ta-wah-que-na (corpulent chief) with Hiss-oo-san-ches (armed for war) and Hatch-ee (wife) in 1836

Background imageCamanche Collection: An Osage Indian Pursuing a Camanchee, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

An Osage Indian Pursuing a Camanchee, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
An Osage Indian Pursuing a Camanchee, 1861/1869. Arkansaw. 1836

Background imageCamanche Collection: Defile of a Camanchee War Party, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Defile of a Camanchee War Party, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Defile of a Camanchee War Party, 1861/1869

Background imageCamanche Collection: Camanchee Chiefs Children and Wigwam, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Camanchee Chiefs Children and Wigwam, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Camanchee Chiefs Children and Wigwam, 1861/1869. On the western frontier of Texas. 1836

Background imageCamanche Collection: Battle between the Jiccarilla Apachees and Camanchees, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Battle between the Jiccarilla Apachees and Camanchees, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Battle between the Jiccarilla Apachees and Camanchees, 1861/1869

Background imageCamanche Collection: Camanchee Chief with Three Warriors, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Camanchee Chief with Three Warriors, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Camanchee Chief with Three Warriors, 1861/1869. Ee-sha-ko-nee (chief) with Ha-nee, Is-sa-wa-tam-ma and Ish-a-ro-ye, 1836

Background imageCamanche Collection: Sham Fight of the Camanchees, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Sham Fight of the Camanchees, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Sham Fight of the Camanchees, 1861/1869. Ordered by the chief to demonstrate the mode of combat by his warriors

Background imageCamanche Collection: Camanchee Horsemanship, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Camanchee Horsemanship, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Camanchee Horsemanship, 1861/1869. Warriors dropping to the sides of their horses

Background imageCamanche Collection: Camanchees Lancing a Buffalo Bull, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Camanchees Lancing a Buffalo Bull, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Camanchees Lancing a Buffalo Bull, 1861/1869

Background imageCamanche Collection: Camanchees Moving, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin

Camanchees Moving, 1861 / 1869. Creator: George Catlin
Camanchees Moving, 1861/1869


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"Unleashing the Spirit of the Comanche: A Glimpse into their Fierce Legacy" Step back in time and witness the untamed spirit of the Comanche, a tribe known for their formidable presence on horseback. George Catlin's vivid depictions transport us to a bygone era, where the Comanche War Party roamed freely, mounted on wild horses that embodied their indomitable spirit. Intriguingly captured by Catlin is the Comanche Lodge of Buffalo Skins, showcasing their resourcefulness and mastery in creating shelter amidst nature's elements. The scene comes alive as we imagine these lodges standing tall against harsh winds and providing sanctuary for this nomadic people. The Feats of Horsemanship portrayed by Catlin reveal an awe-inspiring display of skill and bravery. Witnessing a warrior lancing an Osage at full speed leaves us breathless, highlighting not only their exceptional horsemanship but also their prowess in battle. Catlin's works also shed light on interactions between tribes. Minimic captures our attention with its enigmatic subject matter, inviting speculation about cultural exchanges or potential conflicts between different indigenous groups. Delving deeper into tribal dynamics, we encounter Camanchee Chief alongside his wife and warrior in 1861—a poignant portrayal that hints at familial bonds within this proud nation. Similarly touching is Camanchee Chiefs Children and Wigwam; it offers a glimpse into domestic life amidst turbulent times. Yet history reveals both unity and discord among Native American tribes. An Osage Indian Pursuing a Camanchee reminds us that rivalries existed even amongst indigenous peoples who shared similar landscapes. Meanwhile, Defile of a Camanchee War Party illustrates how they navigated treacherous terrains during military campaigns. As warriors fought battles against other tribes like Jiccarilla Apachees—depicted in Battle between them—we see firsthand how warfare shaped tribal identities and tested their resilience.