DescriptionW. S. Soule, Photograph of Native American Indian "Otter Belt" Comanche, ca. 1870s. Otter Belt (Paatsoko nehki) In March 1872 the Army was given a first hand account of how the Kwahada cattle trade worked. That month troops from Fort Concho captured a Comanchero named Polonio Ortiz. At first dissembling, under interrogation he admitted that in early February he and several others from the Pecos valley of New Mexico had left for the Indian country. With burros owned by the leader of the party and loaded with goods furnished by traders at Puerto de Luna and Cuesta, they traveled to Almo Gordo creek. Where they were joined by others until the party numbered fifty or more. Crossing the Llano Estacado, they headed for Muchoque. There they found a village of Kwahada Comanche's and Mescalero Apaches, numbering "100 lodges, perhaps 200" under "Pahween or Pachacunee." The former name is unknown, the latter is paatsoko nehki "Otter Belt", Comanche's suggested this group was called numukiowa 'Comanche-Kiowa" 9 Gatschet 1893).
Cabinet card of "Otter Belt" (paatsoko nehki) Comanche, taken at Fort Sill, Indian Territory by William Soule, imprint verso. This Native American Comanche Indian with war paint on sitting in Soule's studio. Measures approximately 4.25" x 6.50".
Condition: Fine, Light soiling on mount, very good contrast.
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