Indians in the house

‘Indians in the house’ is the title of the chapter in ‘Little house on the prairie’ in which Laura describes the frightening occasion when two Indians come into their house, dressed in reeking skunk skins, and demand that Ma cook them cornbread. After eating it, they go away, taking all Pa’s tobacco. This isn’t the… Read More

Native American languages – a few interesting facts

  At the time of Christopher Columbus, it’s estimated that in North America there were some 300 different languages spoken by about 1.5 million people. By the middle of the last century, something like two-thirds of those languages had already died out or were in danger of doing so. However, others were definitely alive and… Read More

The story of Cynthia Ann Parker

Cynthia was a little girl living with her extended family in a settlement fortified against Comanche raids, later called Fort Parker. On May 19th 1836 when she was 10 or thereabouts, the settlement was attacked by Comanche, Kiowa and Kichai Indians, taking the settlers completely unawares. Her grandfather, John Parker, had negotiated treaties with Indians… Read More

Comanche in Texas

Conflict with Indians began long before Texas had become an independent state and continued for 30 years after Texas joined the United States. There were several Indian tribes in the area but by far the largest, most successful and most notorious was the Comanche nation, known as the Lords of the Plains. Of all the… Read More