DUNCAN, Okla._Descendants of Quanah Parker received a special performance Monday as one of Parker's eight wives told his story from her perspective.
Toe-Pay Parker was played by an interpreter who shared Parker's journey through his wife's eyes to a theater full of family members and history enthusiasts at the Chisolm Trail Heritage Center.
The Parker family wanted the public to be able to hear Toe-Pay's version of their ancestor's story because they know Oklahoman's want to know about their history and ancestry.
"I think that we share that in our culture, different races and nationalities because it's all blended together at some point just as the story she tells," said Parker's great-great-grandson, Jack Davis.
Toe-Pay told about Quanah's struggles as a child, being born of a white woman that was a captive of the Comanche's.
Curtis Davis, the great-grandson of Quanah Parker, says he's read a lot of stories about Parker and really enjoys hearing the stories about his great-grandfather.
"I mean I've got ten books about Quanah Parker, Cynthia Ann Parker and they are all somebody's opinion and that's what this is today is somebody's opinion and it's good, I like it," said Davis.
Davis said some people don't agree with others stories about Parker but he thinks it makes you wonder since none of us were there.
"The person writing it thought they were giving the accurate history of it and I'm sure they were as far as they were concerned," said Davis.
Toe-Pay said Parker always told her the greatest gift of all to the Comanche tribe was their children; this led to him on a journey to find his own mother and lay her to rest.
"It's the history of where we came from that has made his life so interesting to people of especially Texas and Oklahoma, not just the Comanche people but all people." Said Davis.
He said his family believes Toe-Pay's performance was as accurate as it could possibly be with the information that's been written.
"I think that dialog gives us a little food for thought, imagination and it puts a little life to the words we've read," said Davis.
The Parker family says that it's important to keep the entire heritage of the Comanche tribe alive and doing performances like this one are essential to doing that.
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