Watercolor & Gouache …. Kiowa and Comanchero Trade . Circa 1860 . New Mexico . National Park Service . Fort Larned . Kansas .
… the Comanchero were predominately traders of Hispanic heritage, traveling through a broad area comprising most of present day New Mexico and Oklahoma. They made a living through the bartered exchange of commodities and goods with the many indigenous Great Plains Tribes of Southwest, North America. They received their “Comanchero” label through extensive associations with the Comanche people… a mutually beneficial relationship of commerce that lasted from approximately 1780 through 1875. This illustration of a transaction between the Kiowa and Comanchero, in Northern New Mexico, was created for the National Park Service interpretive museum at Fort Larned, Kansas.