rare and historic pieces go on exhibit at the Comanche National
Museum and Cultural Center in Lawton, Okla.
Okla. Priceless Comanche items from the 19th and 20th centuries
are on exhibit at the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center
(CNMCC) in Lawton, Oklahoma, as part of the third and final installment
of the museums current exhibition All Things Comanche
A Numunuu Trilogy.
Its all part of a a year-long exhibit celebrating the
cultural uniqueness of the great Comanche Nation. Many seldom seen
Comanche items, including a historic buffalo robe once belonging
to captive Cynthia Ann Parker, have been on display since the exhibit
opened in the fall of 2012. Visitors this time around can expect
to see very rare 19th century Comanche items on loan from the Smithsonian
Institutions National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
in Washington, D.C.
We saved the shock and awe for last, said Comanche
National Museum Executive Director Phyllis Wahahrockah-Tasi.
Some of the items include a lynx skin childrens parka
and a fully beaded cradleboard.
The final part of our trilogy is a homecoming, Wahahrockah-Tasi
said. NMAI graciously opened their doors to our staff and
allowed us to hand-pick these items from their collections in Suitland,
"The Smithsonian has very high standards and strenuous
loan requirements, so it has taken us a little over a year to bring
these items back to Comanche country. The fact that the Comanche
National Museum cleared all of the Smithsonians hurdles says
a lot about how far weve come in the past five years,
Part three of the trilogy also includes several rarely-seen
Comanche Code Talker items from the personal collection of the last
surviving Code Talker, Charles Chibitty. The items are on loan to
the museum from Joe Martinez of Tyler, Texas.
Mr. Martinez had the privilege of spending a lot of time
with Charles Chibitty before he passed away in 2007. Mr. Chibitty
gave Joe several of his historic World War II mementos and asked
him to use them to continue telling the Code Talker story. Comanche
Code Talker items are extremely rare so we are thrilled to include
these keepsakes in the final part of our exhibit, Wahahrockah-Tasi
The exhibit will be on display through August 31, 2013. CNMCC
is located at 701 NW Ferris Avenue, behind McMahon Auditorium. Admission
is always free. Call 580-353-0404 for more information or visit
National Museum and Cultural Center
The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center (CNMCC) is an
entity of the great Comanche Nation and offers visitors a glimpse
of traditional cultural items and detailed history about the tribe.
Its purpose is to allow visitors a better understanding about
the Comanche People. CNMCC provides historical and cultural information
that is often overlooked in books and modern day media. The facility
provides a teaching tool for the public and offers guests a chance
to learn about the largest American Indian tribe in the Lawton-Fort