The Life of Ten Bears: Comanche Historical Narratives

By Francis Joseph Attocknie; Thomas W. Kavanagh | Go to book overview

10   The Battle at Little Robe Creek
| 1858 |

Pianahotsamah, chieftain of a Penateka Comanche band near Waco, Texas, uncle of Kuewootosavit; the latter is signed as Tosawi on the Medicine Lodge Treaty. Neithkawoofpi, son of Isahabit, one of the Penateka scouts with this expedition, later told of this venture. Naister, who was one of the Wichita Indian scouts, also passed on to us some facts from that venture.

Kuewootosavit agreed to lead a group of Penateka Comanches, who were coming north from Texas, as scouts with an expedition of a regiment of Texas Rangers. When Pianahotsamah learned of his nephew’s plans, he sought out Kuewootosavit and strongly advised him against such action. The uncle told his nephew, “Don’t go. They are people just like us, in fact they are our people, our Comanche people, don’t go. Another thing, my nephew, any creature will fight for its land or home, and will fight that much harder if its young are in danger. Now this Ranger expedition is going right into the heart of the Comanche country to threaten the Comanches’ homes and children, so stay, and let others scout for the soldiers.” When the nephew persisted in his intentions, the uncle then told him, “Very well then, Kuewootosavit, but here is what I want you to do: when you return from this expedition, come straight to my camp, do not go to your own camp, but come to mine and then tell me all about your expedition, right from the very start without leaving anything out or changing any part of the true story. I want you to tell me everything. It will be better for you yourself to tell me because there are so many other sources from which tales of your venture will reach me.”

Kuewootosavit agreed to do what his uncle wanted and left at the head of the Penatekas.

This must have been a very cautious expedition because besides the Penateka Comanches there was a group of Tonkawa scouts, a group of Caddo scouts, and a group of Wichita scouts, and probably other tribesmen, too.

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The Lone Star Ranger regiment and their many scouts left Texas and crossed the Red River. They reached the South Canadian River and fol-

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