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Episode 1774

Cynthia Ann Parker
Sat, 2022-Mar-12 01:26 UTC
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With 252,919 views on Friday, 11 March 2022 our article of the day is Cynthia Ann Parker.

Cynthia Ann Parker (October 28, 1827 – March 1871), also known as Naduah (Comanche: Narua), was a white woman who was kidnapped in 1836, around age nine, by a Comanche war band which had attacked her family's settlement, and was then discovered and captured by the Texas Rangers, at approximately age 33, when they attacked her adopted tribe. Her Comanche name means "someone found" in English.

Parker was adopted by the Comanche and lived with them for 24 years, completely discarding and forgetting her childhood culture and identity. She married a Comanche chieftain, Peta Nocona, and had three children with him, including the last free Comanche chief, Quanah Parker.

At approximately age 34, Parker was captured by the Texas Rangers during the Battle of Pease River, also known as the "Pease River Massacre", a raid on her adopted tribe in which somewhere between six and twelve people, mostly women and children, were killed. She was returned against her will to her extended biological family, and spent the remaining 10 years of her life refusing to adjust to life among them before dying from suicide via voluntary starvation. At least once she escaped and tried to return to her Comanche family and children, but was recaptured and brought back. She found it difficult to understand her iconic status within the Euro-American culture she found herself in, which saw her as having been redeemed from the Comanches. Heartbroken over the loss of her daughter to pneumonia, she stopped eating and died in 1871.

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