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Chief Quanah Parker

Chief Joseph Quanah Parker of the Nez Perce, Wallowa Band as a young man. He succeeded his father as chief in 1871 and lead the Nez Perce when the U.S. government was trying to force the Nez Perce onto reservation land in Idaho. The struggle between Chief Joseph and the U.S. government lasted many years. He died in 1904 and is buried in the state of Washington.

Since he was born between 1840 and 1845 and he looks about 25 or so here, this photo was probably taken sometime around 1870.
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This is a wonderful photo Katherine thanks for sharing!! I believe you might be confusing Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce with Chief Quanah Parker (who is shown above in this photo).

Chief Quanah Parker (who lived c 1850 - 1911) led the militarily powerful Native American Comanche tribe that dominated the Great Plains (Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma). Chief Quanah Parker was the last chief of the Comanche tribe who ended a four decade long war against European westward expansion. He was the Chief who led his tribe through a lifestyle transformation of farming and living on a reservation. Chief Quanah Parker's mother, Cynthia Ann Parker, was actually a European woman who was kidnapped at nine and integrated into the tribe.

There are some stunning photos of Chief Quanah Parker wearing both Native American and Western clothing. In this particular photo, Chief Quanah is holding a peyote feather fan.

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Mar 22, 2012 10:44 am reply
Photo taken at USA
Chief Quanah Parker

Joseph Quanah Parker

Mini-biography
Born: 1842
Died: 1902 (age 60)
Also in this photo: Joseph Quanah Parker