Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    W. 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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    13th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,387

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 April 23 Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 November 14-16 Space Exploration Auction Featuring The Armstrong Family Collection Part IV - Dallas
    2019 November 14-16 Space Exploration Auction Featuring The Armstrong Family Collection Part IV - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $2,568,288