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Comanche Nation receives robe of Quanah Parker's mother

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LAWTON, Okla_A cherished piece of Comanche history now resides at the Comanche National Museum in Lawton.  It dates back at least 150 years, and it is part of a new group of exhibits that were unveiled Thursday.

Descendants of the last Comanche Chief Quanah Parker were given the first opportunity to see the robe that Quanah's mother, Cynthia Ann was wearing when she was taken from her Comanche family in 1860.

"I know in her heart where she wanted to be and I know how it hurt her to not see Quanah and how she wished she could have seen him become a chief," Quanah's great-granddaughter Ardith Parker said.

Tearfully they honored her memory, in word and in song.

"It was part of her. It's just real emotional time. It's just to let us know that even though we're here in a new age that it just brings us all together," great-granddaughter Edna Pahcheka-Poafpybitty said.

The entire museum got a make over, more to see than ever before. They worked until 2 a.m. and they were back at it again early this morning to put the finishing touches on the newest exhibits.

"The staff has worked diligently and many hours and you can only do that if you have a real love and a desire to provide information and history to your people as well as Lawton, the community as well," great-grandson Gary Tahmahkera said.

The Comanche Museum was just a dream for more than 30 years, on the 5th anniversary of dream becoming reality they celebrated all things Comanche. The Code Talkers exhibit features pictures that have never been seen before and the Fort Sill Indian School comes to life.

"I have so many more items that have never been see before that I'm going to continue to bring out through the year so just because you've come this time, next time there's going to be new items in here," Comanche Museum Executive Director Phyllis Wahahrockah-Tasi

The Cynthia Ann Parker robe is on loan from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and Industry and will only be at the museum for a limited time.

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