Comanches, Captives, and Germans: Wilhelm Friedrich’s Drawings from the Texas Frontier (Paperback)

Comanches, Captives, and Germans: Wilhelm Friedrich’s Drawings from the Texas Frontier By Daniel J. Gelo, C. B. "Hoppy" Hopkins, Christopher J. Wickham, Bryden E. Moon, Jr Cover Image
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Around 1848 Wilhelm Friedrich, a young German immigrant to Texas, completed three drawings that capture unique details of life on the frontier. Friedrich’s sketches feature Comanches, Germans, a captive girl, a wagon train, the landscape and wildlife of the Texas Hill Country, and dynamic scenes of cultural contact. Friedrich is the only artist known to have produced contemporaneous images of a Comanche captive while still in captivity. The authors use their expertise in Comanche culture, German immigration, art, and Hill Country history to explore the many layers of meaning in Friedrich’s drawings. Who was Wilhelm Friedrich? How did he come to Texas? What information does he pack into his drawing? How can we understand his work—as art, as data about Comanche life and customs, and as a record of German values and priorities in the New World? Who is the captive girl? And why is her portrayal important today?

About the Author

Dr. Daniel J. Gelo is Dean and Professor of Anthropology Emeritus and former Stumberg Distinguished University Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has written several award-winning publications on the Indians of Texas and the Great Plains.

C. B. "Hoppy" Hopkins is an architectural and cultural historian, and an expert on firearms and the indigenous peoples of the Texas Hill Country.

Dr. Christopher J. Wickham is Professor of German Emeritus in the Department and Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has produced numerous works on German language, literature, art, and popular culture.

Bryden E. Moon Jr is a retired communications executive with extensive experience in Hill Country history.

Praise For…

“Altogether excellent, both in terms of scholarship and writing.”—James C. Kearney, Department of Germanic Studies, The University of Texas

Product Details
ISBN: 9781649670137
ISBN-10: 1649670133
Publisher: State House Press
Publication Date: January 6th, 2023
Pages: 162
Language: English