A Special Open House
About Quanah Parker
Euless Heritage Museum, 201 Cullum Dr.
Join us for a very special open house at the Euless Heritage Museum on Saturday, October 13 from 1-5 p.m. Guest Speaker, Lance Tahmahkera, Great-Great Grandson of Comanche Chief, Quanah Parker will give a presentation about the life of the famous Comanche Chief.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Lance Tahmahkera has worked for Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth for the past 39 years. Together with his parents, Mr. Tahmahkera stays close to the Comanche traditions. Much of his youth was spent at pow-wows and learning stories about his ancestors and tribal ways. For over 20 years he has shared his story with various schools, groups and organizations. The stories vary from the origin of the tribe, life on the plains and reservation, Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker to current family events. He will also tell personal stories that were passed down to him through the family.
Quanah Parker (c.?1845 or 1852 - February 23, 1911) was a Comanche/English-American Comanche chiefs, a leader in the Native American Church, and the last leader of the powerful Quahadi band before they surrendered in the battle of the Great Plains and went to a reservation in Indian Territory. The U.S. eventually appointed Quanah Parker principal Chief of the entire Indian Nation once the people had gathered on the reservation where he became influential in Comanche and European American society.
Quanah was the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker (born c.?1827-March, 1871), an English-American, who had been kidnapped in 1836 (c.?age nine) and assimilated into the Nokoni band of the Comanche tribe. Cynthia Ann was nine years old when her grandfather, John Parker, was recruited to settle his family in north-central Texas; he was to establish a settlement fortified against Comanche raids, which had been devastating to the Euro-American colonization of Texas and northern Mexico.
Cynthia Ann was captured by the Comanche during the raid of Fort Parker near present-day Groesbeck, Texas. Given the native name Nadua (Someone Found), she was adopted as the foster daughter of Tabbynocca. She forgot her original ways and became Comanche in every sense. Cynthia Ann and Peta Nocona enjoyed a happy marriage, and as a tribute to his great affection for her, he never took another wife, although it was traditional for chieftains to have several wives. They had three children including Quanah.