The Comanches: Background information when reading The Son

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The Son

by Philipp Meyer

The Son by Philipp Meyer
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    May 2013, 576 pages
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    Jan 2014, 592 pages

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The Comanches

One of the main characters in The Son is kidnapped by Comanches and lives as a member of the Kotsoteka tribe.

The word Comanche is thought to be a Spanish corruption of Kohmahts, the Ute term for enemy (the Ute and the Comanche conducted a sporadic 50 year war against each other during the middle of the 18th century). Those referred to as Comanches call themselves Numinu - "The People." Originally part of the eastern Shoshone nations (as evinced by their similar language and customs), their emergence as a distinct people occurred just before the turn of the 18th century and coincided with the introduction of the horse to the American Southwest around 1680 CE. The horse allowed the Comanche to expand their hunting grounds, and they became known as expert riders. The Comanche primarily occupied the Great Plains of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico at the time Europeans began to settle the area.

The Comanche nation was a loose collection of eight to twelve autonomous sub-nations ...

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