Foster's work in ethnohistory may be rightfully regarded as an introduction to understanding not only the persistence of cultural traits among a people who no longer have a land base, but also the vibrancy and vitality of a people who have been and will continue to be an enduring feature of the North American social landscape.... This fine study reveals in detailed fashion that the modern Comanche are more than simply the sum of their relations with Euroamericans. At each turn in the historical process, the Comanches have found ways to go on being Comanche, making new economic arrangements, and innovating means for publicly expressing that unique identity.
His observations about the contemporary scene are strikingly insightful. . . . An admirable work.
Western Historical Quarterly
One of the more important studies in ethnohistory published in recent years . . . By concentrating on Comanche-Comanche relations instead of just Anglo-Indian relations, Foster has challenged long-held assumptions and stereotypes. . . . Well worth a careful reading by ethnohistorians since it has important implications beyond southern Plains Indians.
American Historical Review
The name Comanche evokes images of the colorful Plains Indian warrior who protected his homeland and dared to die according to his nomadic hunting and war culture. . . . This ethnographic study is a successful attempt to look inside Comanche life and society in western Oklahoma.
This book deserves to be read carefully not only by students of Comanche history but by all who share a common interest in the changing, enduring people we call Indians.
New Mexico Historical Review