Voice of America: Comanches keep traditions alive

"Comanches are believed to have been the first native people on the plains to utilize the horse extensively, and their horseriding skills are the standard by which other tribes are judged. In the past, their exceptional horsemanship helped to drive their foes away. Today, it continues to be an essential part of their day-to-day life.

During World War II, Comanche Indians were part of the 1944 Allied D-Day invasion of Europe. As code talkers, they frustrated enemy code breakers by translating Army messages into their native language. Verbal messages were relayed over field telephones between the battlefield and divisional headquarters.

In the decades since, the Comanche people have continued to live on the plains. Farming and husbandry are the mainstays of their economy.

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Comanche Nation Keeps its Traditional Life Alive (Voice of America 9/12)