The Horse People, 1751–1845
By Stanley T. Noyes
“…a real find for anyone interested in American history, or in the well-told tale on one of the West’s most fascinating cultures.” —Tony Hillerman
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The Comanche Indians dominated the Southern Plains of America from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. No plains people was more feared or admired for its mastery of warfare and life in a harsh, arid environment. Euro- and Native Americans alike anxiously dreaded the ferocity of Comanche enmity yet avidly sought the uncertainty of Comanche friendship. In this richly textured history, the author recounts the relations of Comanches to Spanish, French, Mexican, American, and Native American neighbors while his vignettes provide vivid glimpses into Comanche culture and society. This book is a sensitive portrait of human society and physical place. By the end of the book we understand the Comanches both as a peerless warrior society and as an embattled people.
Stanley T. Noyes grew up in California and was a writer, educator, and arts administrator. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Ruhr campaign in a reconnaissance troop. They crossed the Rhine ahead of U.S. forces and later liberated slave labor camps. He was awarded the Bronze Star. When he returned he attended the University of California, Berkeley where he met and married fellow student Nancy Black in 1949 and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees. For sport he rode bareback horses and bulls in rodeos in California and Nevada. Later Stan taught college at Cal extension and California College of the Arts. He lived in France with his family for about six years. They moved to Santa Fe in 1964 and he taught at the College of Santa Fe, and briefly at the University of New Mexico. He later was a program director for the New Mexico Arts Division. Stan was a published author of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction, notably The French Comanche from Sunstone Press. Noyes was an avid hiker in the mountains of New Mexico often accompanied by his wolf hybrids. He spent many summers hiking the Pyrenees with his family and close French and Spanish friends.
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