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Author Betty, Gerald, 1965-

Title Comanche society : before the reservation / Gerald Betty
Edition First edition
Published College Station : Texas A & M University Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (239 pages)
Series Elma Dill Russell Spencer series in the West and Southwest ; no. 23
Elma Dill Russell Spencer series in the West and Southwest ; no. 23
Contents Comanche kinship and society -- Comanche migration and geographic mobility -- Comanche horse pastoralism -- The nature of Comanche economics -- An explanation of Comanche violence
Summary "Once called the Lords of the Plains, the Comanches were long portrayed as loose bands of marauding raiders who capitalized on the Spanish introduction of horses to raise their people out of primitive poverty through bison hunting and fierce warfare. More recent studies of the Comanches have focused on adaptation and persistence in Comanche lifestyles and on Comanche political organization and language-based alliances. In Comanche Society: Before the Reservation, Gerald Betty develops an exciting and sophisticated perspective on the driving force of Comanche life: kinship. Betty details the kinship patterns that underlay all social organization and social behavior among the Comanches and uses the insights gained to explain the way Comanches lived and the way they interacted with the Europeans who recorded their encounters."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-226) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Comanche Indians -- Kinship.
Comanche Indians -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001006546
ISBN 158544491X
158544958X (electronic bk.)
9781585449583 (electronic bk.)