Quanah Parker: Adapting in a World of Change

by  Panhandle Plains Historical Museum

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This is a story of human adaptation. For over 200 years the Comanches ruled the South Plains. They were called "Lords of the Plains," and lived a horse and bison centered culture. After the Red River War, Texas Panhandle Indians were placed on reservations. Quanah Parker, last chief of the Comanches, was faced with making many decisions, not only for himself and his family, but also for the Comanche people. Like most decision-makers, Quanah was either loved or hated by both Comanches and whites.

We will explore an answer to, "Would it be as difficult in the 21st century to be placed in a strange country, not knowing its language or the customs as it was for Quanah Parker in the 19th century?" Using artifacts such as Quanah's headdress and historic photographs we will explore Quanah's life.

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Multipoint: $75.00
View Only: 75.00
Point to Point: $75.00
By Request: $75.00


30-60 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of the program or the full program fee will be charged.

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Panhandle Plains Historical Museum

Canyon, TX
United States

Where can you explore more than 500 million years of history across 26,000 square miles under one roof? Since opening as a one-room gallery called Pioneer Hall in 1933, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum has become the largest history museum in Texas. PPHM is committed to bringing new and engaging exhibits to students and teachers and demonstrating our relevance to every generation every day. PPHM's collections encompass a range of diverse subjects including art, history, archeology, paleontology, ethnology, geology, petroleum, textiles, weapons, transportation and sports.

Sheridan Voigt

Program Details


1. Introduction and basic information about the Plains Indians
2. Parker's Family Tree
3. Buffalo Hunters and life on the reservations
4. Lifestyle, Cultural and Governmental differences (T Chart)
5. Cattle Ranching era
6. Video
7. Question and Answer Session


The participant will:
explore the changing role of Indians in the late 1800s.
compare the lifestyle of the Comanche Indians vs. Euro-Americans
engage in discussion about the decisions Quanah Parker made for his people
develop an appreciation for the decisions Quanah Parker made throughout his life.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

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Building on the best of existing state standards, the Common Core State Standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help prepare students for college, career, and life. The standards clearly demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning.
The standards are:
Research and evidence based
Clear, understandable, and consistent
Aligned with college and career expectations
Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society
According to the best available evidence, the mastery of each standard is essential for success in college, career, and life in today’s global economy.

State Standards

**Find more at https://tea.texas.gov/academics/curriculum-standards

Curriculum Standards
Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state's public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders.

TEXAS: Social Studies: K.3B;K.5B;K.6AC;1.3A;1.6C;1,7AB;1.17B;2.2AB;2.7C;3.3AC;4.1BD;4.10A;4.21A;5.9A;6.2AB;6.15A;7.10AB;8.11A
*TEKS will be covered up to 12th grade.*