Quanah Parker's Headdress

Quanah Parker1870

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Canyon, United States

Quanah Parker was a noted Comanche warrior. He led the Quahadi Indians in the Battle of Adobe Walls in 1874, against Ranald S. Mackenzie in the Red River War, and in the settlement into reservation life. Quanah became a rancher and entrepreneur and formed bonds with a number of influential men, including U.S. presidents. The headdress and ceremonial lance in this case belonged to Quanah. Both were beaded by his last surviving wife, Topai.

circa 1870
Eagle feathers, leather, beads, cloth, horsehair
Gift of Topai Parker
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Archeology Collections


  • Title: Quanah Parker's Headdress
  • Creator: Quanah Parker
  • Creator Nationality: Comanche
  • Date Created: 1870
  • Location: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX
  • Location Created: Comanche Nation
  • Provenance: Topai, the second daughter of Quanah Parker’s first of seven wives, donated the ceremonial headdress to the museum in 1960.
  • Depicted Person: Quanah Parker

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