National Geographic : 1968 Jan
so, for he was never west of the Pecos River." Otis Chappabitty, only a few years younger than Little Boy, could not identify my broken Texas arrowhead as Comanche. Neither can the experts tell Comanche points from those of other Plains Indians, I might add. Otis Chappabitty (whose name is freely translated as "One who enters the fight and pulls them off their horses") had a simple explanation: "Not all Comanche bands made weapons," he said. "Some bought them from other tribes, and a story goes that the points were made by a slave tribe of 'little people.' " Lewis said he did not know whether his grandfather mixed war paints in mussel shells. 132 "But the aunt who raised me ground those shells into a medicinal powder," he added, "so the Comanche war parties might have carried them." Flying home to Washington, D. C., I stopped in Oklahoma City to visit with Joe Attocknie (Lone Lodge), a civilian guard at Tinker Air Force Base. Joe is a Comanche and an assiduous tribal historian. I wish I had space for some of the tales with which Joe kept me spellbound through most of a night. He told, for instance, of a re turned war party which accurately described alligators in the Rio Grande-and that could only have been very near the river's mouth.