LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -The Comanche Nation received two unexpected and very old gifts Friday.
They are two Comanche war shields made from buffalo hide that date back 200 to 250 years. They came from the Sul Ross-Big Bend Museum in Big Bend, Texas.
Lloyd Heminokeky Jr., the language and cultural specialist with the Comanche Nation Museum and Cultural Center in Lawton, says the return of these shields holds a special significance for the tribe.
"It's really, really nice to have this here. It's really nice for our Comanche people to be able to come together and see these things. It may not be much to other people. Oh, it's just a shield. No, it's got us behind it. It shields us behind it. This could open a lot of doors for families to say 'here, display this, use this,'" Heminokeky said.
The shields will be on display at the Comanche Nation Museum and Cultural Center next week.