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>>1836 Comanche lobo
Subjectlobo 'wolf' warrior
Setting: Frontier raids and warfare, Comancheria/Texas/Mexico 1836-1874
Object: archery

* Doss Center > Native Americans

* Fort Worth Museum of Science and History > 150 Years of Fort Worth
"Plains Indian arrows, sinew wrapped, metal point denotes trade material,
c. 1850."

* Stockyards Museum

* Tarrant County Courthouse > 1895 Room
"The bois-d'arc bow in this display was owned by Quahadi Chief Quanah Parker, and is on loan from his Grandson, Ben Tahmahkera.  Experienced plains raiders armed with a 'bodark' (bois d'arc) bow and arrows rode three hundred yards and fired a dozen arrows at full gallop during the time it took a soldier to reload his single shot weapon. ..."

* Doss Center > Native Americans
"Comanche Style Arrows
Plains Indian arrows were primitive but never crude.  These examples show three different types of common arrow points.  The points and turkey feathers are cut into a typical Comanche pattern."

* Doss Center > Native Americans
"Comanche Steel Tipped Arrow
This original Comanche arrow has a steel point.  Early Comanches made steel points from recovered (or captured) metal objects like armor and wagon tires.  Later, they used 'trade points,' which were easier to get."

* Doss Center > Native Americans
"Plains Indian Short Bow
"The short bow was light and easy to use on horseback.  Longer bows were difficult to shoot if you were in a hurry or if you needed to switch sides on your horse.  This Creek [sic?] Indian bow, ca. 1900, represents a later Plains Indian style."

* Doss Center > Native Americans
"Comanche Bow"

* Frontier Texas!

* Frontier Texas!
"Metal Arrowheads  
Comanches quickly came to prefer metal points for their arrows over their traditional flint points.  Comanches traded both iron spikes and flat iron loops, products originally for making barrels, which the  Comanches fashioned into arrowheads."

* Frontier Texas!
"Bow and Arrows
Warriors could loose an arrow every few seconds with deadly accuracy.  In the close-range conflicts of the frontier, single-shot guns were no match."

​* Fort Worth Museum of Science and History > Transformation of Weaponry
​"Comanche Bow
​Comanche Nation
​ca. 1860
​Wood and Ochre" ...

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