Comanche Nation examines historic lance owned by famed chief

Quanah Parker. Image from Heritage Auctions via Wikipedia

With the help of a veterinary clinic, the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma got a closer look at a historic lance owned by famed Chief Quanah Parker.

The lance dates to the 1870s and was one of four owned by the chief. X-rays at the Blue Pearl Veterinary Center revealed that the original structure remained intact although some later attempts were made to repair it.

“Quanah is a dynamic force to this very day. I mean he’s going to be sharing with us today through his life item,” William Voelker, a tribal member who serves as a curator at Sia, the tribe's cultural preservation arm, told KFOR.

The lance was beaded by one of the chief's wives, Topay. She donated it to the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, which loaned it to the tribe for further study.

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