Quanah Parker

Comanche leader, rancher, statesman

Quanah Parker's great-grandson Don Parker, with his brother-in-law Glen Leming at Quitaque, Texas, hunting grounds of the Quahada band of the Comanches.

Interviews with five of Quanah Parker's great-grandchilden, and one Texas Parker

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Quanah Parker

Son of Chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, Quanah fought until it was no longer possible to live the life of the free plains Comanche. Quanah then led his people to the reservation, and turned his attention to ranching and governance. He is remembered for his leadership, dignity, business savvy, and intelligence.

What is Quanah Parker Day?

Quanah Parker Day has been designated in Texas as the second Saturday in September. The fourth observance will be September 10, 2022. Read the proclamation.

Check here for scheduled events, historical research and resources, and commemorative products.

The Texas State Bison Herd, and the non-extinction of the Southern Plains Bison, are due in part to Quanah Parker and his relationship with Charles Goodnight. A portion of any proceeds from this site will be donated to the Herd.

Original Historical Research

Bill Neeley, noted authority on Quanah Parker, has provided a series of articles excerpted from his book.

  1. "From Cynthia Ann to Nadua: Becoming Comanche"
  2. "Growing Up Comanche: The Making of a Blue-Eyed Warrior"
  3. "Orphan Warrior: Quanah's Rise to Power"

. . . and thirteen more. See the History page for all sixteen.

11 Facts About Quanah Parker

How much do you know about Quanah's life? Check your knowledge.

Read the Book

The Last Comanche Chief: The Life and Times of Quanah Parker has been hailed as "truly distinguished" and noted for the author's meticulous research in primary sources. Christian Science Monitor called it "a vivid, eyewitness account of life for settlers and Native Americans in those difficult and violent times."

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