As a significant element of the Texas mystique, the story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah Parker constitute a sensational chapter in Texas history. The Comanche leader Quanah Parker was the only late nineteenth century Native American chief never defeated on the battlefield and became known as The Great Chief.
Quanah Parker’s great-great-grandson Lance Tahmahkera will speak 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Allen Public Library. Admission to the program is free, and can’t be there in person? The program will be streamed live on ACTV. Find viewing options at Watch ACTV or view online at ACTV.org or YouTube.com/AllenCityTV
As a child, Cynthia Ann was kidnapped by Comanche raiders and raised as a Comanche. She later married Peta Nocona, the chief who gained fame for his raids on white settlements. They had 3 children: Quanah, Pecos and Topsannah. Quanah was the only one who survived to adulthood.
Living from approximately 1845 to 1911, Quanah Parker is remembered for his leadership and bridging the gap between the U.S. government and Native Americans. Lance observes, “When he did surrender in 1875, his greatness as a leader was showing. He helped transition us from the nomadic hunter-warrior lifestyle to the everyday life that we have now.”
The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. For information, call 214-509-4911.