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They had three children: two sons, Quanah (which means “fragrant” in Comanche) and Pecos (which means “peanut”), and a daughter, Topsannah (meaning “Prairie Flower”). Soon after Prairie Flower’s birth, white soldiers raided Cynthia Ann’s encampment at a place called Palo Duro Canyon. Peta Nokona was wounded in the conflict, and Cynthia Ann and Prairie Flower were captured by the whites, who thought they were rescuing her. They took her and her baby back to live with some of her white relations.

S. soldiers. Behind the house was a tipi that Parker used for sleeping, relaxing, and entertaining visitors. Today, tourists can visit Star House in Cache, Oklahoma. to the “Star House” would realize that Quanah, too, was someone with whom to be reckoned. Quanah’s home eventually became known by everyone as the Comanche White House. S. government rode in Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural parade along with four other chiefs (including Geronimo). There were some ways of the Comanche that Quanah never forsook, however.

Indd 46 8/31/10 10:02 AM Women in ­Comanche Culture 47 ­ anger lay in the noise: Early on, children had to learn the value d of silence, to elude and survive the potential onslaught of enemies or predators). Girls and boys were allowed to play together until they reached puberty, when boys began to learn the ways of hunters and warriors. Girls learned through their mothers, maternal grandmothers, and other females the skills they would need to help their future family thrive. By the age of puberty, a Comanche girl could identify and collect edible seeds and nuts, butcher a buffalo, carry water, gather firewood, make clothing and tipi covers, tan hides, cook meals, and put up and take down a tipi.

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