Becoming Comanches

Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez

in On the Borders of Love and Power

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272385
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520951341 | DOI:
Becoming Comanches

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This chapter examines the experiences of the mostly young Hispanic male and female children who were taken as captives by the Comanche Indians. The author argues that male children were generally preferred, because of their potential value as horse herders. As the author shows, the captive experience ranged from chattel slavery to full incorporation into Comanche kinship networks. The likelihood of the captive achieving the latter status depended on several factors: the age of the captive, his or her ability to acquire Comanche customs and language, the disposition of the captive's master, and the overall resilience of the captive. Some captives, however, remained stigmatized their entire lives because of their captive origins.

Keywords: Comanche; captive; Hispanic; slavery; incorporation; kinship; children

Chapter.  10796 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Local and Family History

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