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Comanche Tribe - Best Horsemen on the Texas Plains
For hundreds of years the Commanche ruled the great plains of Texas. The Comanche were a plains tribe whose historic territory, known as Comancheria, consisted of present day eastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, western Oklahoma, and most of northwest Texas. They were predominently buffalo hunters whose prowess was enhanced by being one of the first horse cultures, known for their abilities on horseback. There were somewhere in the neighborhood of as many as 45,000 Comanches in the late 18th century. They were the dominant tribe on the southern plains and often took captives from weaker tribes during battle, selling them as slaves to the Spanish and later to Mexican settlers. Of these captives the most famous being the white female settler named Cynthia Ann Parker. The story of Cynthia Ann Parker, her son Quanah and the struggles of these buffalo hunting Native Americans is chronicled in the Pulitzer nominated book by S.C. Gwynne called Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches - the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History.

Cynthia Ann Parker - A White Woman Comanche
Kidnapped at the age of nine she was raised by the Comanches and eventually married tribe chief Peta Nocona. They had several children - the most famous of which was Quanah Parker who would later lead the powerful Quahadi band of the Comanche nation. Much of the history of the Comanches struggles with the white man occurred on the northern Texas plains near Amarillo, Texas along McClellan Creek and the north branch of McClellan Creek which run less than a hundred yards from the ranch bunkhouse in which I currently live. I have awoken to the sound of Coyotes howling and have seen a Bobcat walking down the road past the house. From this ranch you can see what a beautiful existence the Comanche enjoyed prior to the white mans incursion, but also what a rough and difficult life it must have been. It never ceases to amaze me that I have had the good fortune to have spent the last 10 years living amidst remarkable historical sites. Four years living within walking distance of the ruins of the ancient city of Kaunos on the south coast of Turkey , and almost 5 years in northern France near battlefields from both world wars and the headquarters of Hitler in Bruly-de-Pesche, Belgium - and now on McClellan Creek to experience the home of the Comanches.

More about Quanah Parker and the Comanche Tribe can be found on Wikipedia.

The book by S.C. Gwynne called Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History can be purchased at Amazon.com

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Hike Frijoles Canyon in Bandolier National Monument

See the ancestral cliffside homes, kivas, rock paintings, and petroglyphs of the Pueblo People. Of archaeological interest in the canyon is Tyuonyi (Que-weh-nee) Pueblo and the nearby building sites, such as Long House. Tyuonyi is the site of a circular pueblo that once stood somewhere between 1-3 stories tall. Long House is next to Tyounyi, built into and supported by the walls of Frijoles Canyon. A reconstructed Talus House is also found along the Main Loop Trail. These sites date from the Pueblo III Era from 1150 to 1350 up to the Pueblo IV Era in 1350 to 1600. The age of the Tyuonyi construction has been pretty well established by the tree-ring method of dating, widely and successfully used by archeologists in the Southwest. Ceiling-beam fragments recovered from various rooms show the age between 1383 and 1466. This general period seems to have been a time in which much building was undertaken in Frijoles Canyon; a score of tree-ring dates from the Rainbow House ruin - down the canyon a half mile, fall in the early to middle 15th century. Perhaps the last construction anywhere in Frijoles Canyon happened around 1500, with a peak of population reached near that time or shortly thereafter.
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Ana Popovic

Ana Popovic - Sex Appeal and Stratocasters
I had the good fortune to see a live performance of blues guitarist Ana Popović in Vlissingen, Netherlands at a small venue back in 2011. To see one of the best female blues guitarists in the world playing in this Dutch seaside town was an exceptional way to spend an evening. Read more about Ana... click here

Troublesome Patriarchal Dominance - Time For More Women in Positions of Power

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Women from around the world that are living on the edge, doing something special, making a difference or generally in possession of a unique nature. In my book these women should be put in positions of power and allowed a chance to see what they would add to our world, instead of the men that promise blah-blah-blah and then fill their own pockets as well as the pockets of their buddies. The way I see it, any of this diverse group of women would be an improvement...

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These are the kind of women that should be put in positions of power. They would make positive contributions with their time and resources and leave the world better for having been here. And not to mention the fact that they all certainly look far more appealing...

From century to century throughout history the men have ruled the roost in politics and business and relegated the home as the place where the women were to direct their attention and efforts. The women have done their job admirably, but the men have failed miserably in most cases. Their politics are corrupt and their businesses have turned into large greedy corporations. The patriarchal model is evidently not working so well - so maybe it's time to hand the reins over to the women. The wars and conflicts around the world are the result of male dominance in politics, and more often than not, are set in motion to benefit male controlled corporate interests. Turn on the evening news anywhere in the world and you'll see images of angry men in conflict and women and children in flight. It is time for change...

Women Of Substance - Interesting and Unique Women

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unique women of the world

unique women of the world

Worldwide women are asserting themselves and taking charge of everything from the corporate boardroom to more artistic and unique positions in the world of art, design, cuisine and adventure travel. On the African continent women are raising themselves into postions of power in politics, the arts and business. Women are no longer to be kept within stereotypical confines and are no longer asking for empowerment, but are simply taking charge over their lives and the situations and events that affect them. Above are just three of these self empowered females.

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As a global women's advocacy organization, WEDO envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment. WEDO's mission is to ensure that women's rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles, as well as the linkages between them are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.


Started in 1915, when 1,200 women from a diversity of cultures and languages came together in The Hague during the First World War, to study, make known and eliminate the causes of war. They issued resolutions, sent out delegations to most countries engaged in the First World War and created our organisation: the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. WILPF for short.


W4 - Women's WorldWide Web is an online collaborative platform dedicated to empowering girls and women around the world, through education, microfinance, access to ICTs and networking. Connect with us and co-create opportunities for girls and women to thrive.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.


Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.


The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. The Council currently has 49 Members. The Council's mission is to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries.


The Women's Refugee Commission is having positive impact on the lives of displaced women, children and youth around the world. Their programs focus on reproductive health, economic livelihoods, displaced youth, asylum seekers and people with disabilities.


The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is an international, non-profit organization of women graduates. We were founded in 1919 by women who believed in the importance of education and working together for peace, international understanding and friendship.


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A different traveller has emerged in the current generation that are looking for more than just merely going sight-seeing. The new travelers are using their journeys to find where they belong in the world both physically and spiritually by immersing themselves in different cultures. Some use it to change their own perspectives and yet others use it as an opportunity to effect positive changes in the cultures they visit. But you do not need to have a mission to embark on your own journey. The following stories will provide a glimpse at what some of these new travelers are doing when they travel. Travelling is no longer limited to a matter of weeks spent away from a job, but has to many replaced the job with an occupation more interesting and fulfilling. Many of the reasons why people travel today are similar to the reasons why both men and women embarked on extensive journeys at the turn of the 19th century. One of the main reasons is that they want firsthand knowledge and experience of the world in which they live.

Often the modern day adventure traveller more than likely carries a pocket-sized digital camera, a credit card, cell phone and even a laptop computer. Travels on commercial airlines, on buses, by train or in a car. Sleeps in hotels, pensions or hostels occasionally if not camping out in a high-tech tent with a wind-proof stove, goose-down sleeping bag and Perrier water from a super-lightweight titanium flask. Gets up in the morning and puts on a pair of Addidas Cuzco hiking boots after pulling on an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt and slipping on a Helly Hansen Helly Tech waterproof, breathable textile jacket with several high-energy bars in the pockets. Most of the travellers adventure has been in waiting for UPS to show up at the door with the latest must have travel gear, so when its time to travel, it is a wonder that this traveller has not run out of cash and been forced to just stay home by the telly and watch the Discovery Channel. But that is not to say that all modern day adventure travellers fit this description. Many take on tough challenges, although not as extreme as their counterparts near the turn of the century. Arnold Henry Savage Landor, Isabella Lucy Bird and Thomas Stevens were not modern day adventure travellers, but saw and recorded more people and their customs on more continents than most modern day travellers - and did the majority of their travels on steamships, horseback or on foot. Read their travel books that are free e-book downloads in a choice of formats at the bottom of each of their pages.

Thomas Stevens
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Isabella Lucy Bird
Isabella Lucy Bird

A. Henry Savage Landor
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