It’s Bringing Out the Comanche In Us

by Stefani on 16-September-2008

It is downright chilly here!

We've gotten a much anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed little cool front. 

It's meant nippy mornings that beg for baking and drinking cider. 

If you are a small boy who has, somewhere deep down, a little Comanche blood running through your veins, it means it is time to bring out the tipi poles. 

My men have fond memories of chilly mornings spent eating muffins and sipping cocoa in last year's tipi, and so a new tradition is born…


The first cool front must be heralded by erecting a Comanche camp. 

They've hauled out their stick horses, their Scheich animals, various library books about cowboys and indians and half the blankets in the house. 

They run in and out asking for more "supplies," which can mean anything from dried cranberries and Clementines, to string and scissors for making "tools." 


On occasion they come in asking for a visit from the storyteller (me), to read them a chapter (or three) of "A Tree in the Trail." 

They pay me in acorns and shells if they deem my tales acceptable. 

They've even taken to trading with a neighboring tribe. 

Neighboring Tribe

Grain for feathers.

Soaring Eagle

Isn't fall just the best?

I'll be adding some of our favorite Native American tales to the sidebar. If you notice any essentials missing, please let us know!
Molly September 16, 2008 at 7:35 am

Love that top picture w/ them all bundled up! Woohoo for fall! (or atleast a cold front)

Kathleen September 16, 2008 at 7:40 am

I just had to tell you that I love your blog! I’ve been reading for about a month now and look forward to each new post. Your writing style is wonderful and your family is beautiful. You are so blessed.
Take care,

Sarah September 16, 2008 at 7:43 am

I used to set up tipis in my back yard when I was a little girl. I was convinced that in another life I would have been a very brave Indian boy. I still feel like I could go out in my old back yard and pretend again with my siblings! Thanks for sharing!

Allison September 16, 2008 at 8:45 am

HA! I love the chicken feather head band. That is awesome.

Regina September 16, 2008 at 8:45 am

It’s so great that they pay the storyteller. Their play is so detailed – a reflection of the great well of information they are drinking from! Great job Mom!

Crystal September 16, 2008 at 8:55 am

Oh, I wish we lived closer. My son would blend right in with your little indians. My poor little guy is surrounded by girls on all sides of the neighborhood.

I just love that pic of the chickens in front. To cute.

sarah September 16, 2008 at 9:53 am

Love that last photo!

sarah September 16, 2008 at 9:55 am

I love all Joe Bruchac’s books. I’ve met most of the family and they are so incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful. My girls both enjoyed “the girl who loved wild horses”

Alissa September 16, 2008 at 10:20 am

The tipi is such a great idea. I think I know some books we’ll be looking for at our library this week 🙂 Thank you for writing your blog- you have a real way of turning me towards my boys and reveling in their childhood. I often feel … held by your words.

Gonzomama September 16, 2008 at 11:16 am

love those last two pictures. hope the coolness lasts!

Karen September 16, 2008 at 11:25 am

I have so enjoyed reading your blog and the stories about your boys…it makes me miss that age with my boys who are now 24 and 19.

Amy September 16, 2008 at 12:10 pm

You had me right up until the photos with those scary feathery monsters (and I don’t mean the boys). Now I’m going to have bad dreams. You need to warn when there are going to be foul photos.

Linn September 16, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Wow! It looks like your boys are having some serious fun. I think you’ve convinced me to bring along an old sheet next time we go camping. Who knows when they’ll need a teepee!

OMSH September 16, 2008 at 1:12 pm

The photo with the hens is my favorite.
ABSOLUTE favorite.

Jennifer September 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Camping is only a stones throw from there, Mom!

I’ll say it again, if you haven’t seen Indian in the Cupboard (or read it), I;m bettin’ y’all would really like it.

kristin September 16, 2008 at 1:44 pm

i read this and my soul softens knowing these boys may be our next leaders.

nurtured and free.

Kez September 16, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Now that is just cool!!

Diahn September 16, 2008 at 5:52 pm

That’s so great! We’ve been in full-on Cherokee mode over the last week – must be something in the air!

Abbigale September 16, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Ha ha. Darling photos as usual. You seem to have an amazing way of encouraging your kids’ imagination. I get so disappointed these days in “video game kids” who don’t know how to revel in time spent outdoors. Your children clearly do not have that problem! 🙂

Hannah September 16, 2008 at 6:36 pm

I’m chuckling at the difference in imaginative play between yours and mine. You have three boys, apparently close in age. Their play is something along the lines of what I imagine my son would enjoy IF he had a brother. My daughters, OTOH, play together all the time, but you won’t catch them in a tipi. It’s all “birthday party” and “fairy princess” here. I’m thinking your boys would enjoy that as little as my son would. 🙂

We just started reading Johnny Texas and the San Antonio Road, BTW! Thanks for the recommendation.

Mary Smith September 16, 2008 at 8:17 pm

I came to comment on your toad post and see that you have another amazing post here! The role drama is amazing! The toads are equally wonderful. What great and rich experiences for your boys, Stefani!

Angela September 16, 2008 at 8:23 pm

We’ve been loving the cooler weather in B/CS, as well. (while it lasts)

Great photos, and love “your spin”, as always.

Leslie September 16, 2008 at 8:36 pm

what a great way to spend a morning!

Katie September 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Your kids are so imaginative! Seriously! They made TOOLS – that’s awesome! It’s good to see kids playing outside in the fresh air and sunshine for a change. 🙂

Katie September 16, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Our kids would get along swimmingly! We just took down the tipi due to rainy weather. The Comanche behavior continues, indoors. I am getting a little tired of all the sticks and feathers polluting my living room, but the kids are having a blast.

We just got a good book from the library,
‘And Still the Turtle Watched’ by Sheila MacGill-Callahan. My kids really enjoyed this.

Kristy September 17, 2008 at 2:07 am

Now that almost makes me wish I had boys!

Teresa September 17, 2008 at 4:07 am

Isn’t this a great tradition! I love it! This sounds like something my daughter would love to do around here! I can’t wait for our cooler weather to arrive.

Martha September 17, 2008 at 4:49 am

What fun! Little Runner of the Longhouse is a perfect story for this time of year. I’m sure they’ll love it. Just checked and it is availiable used on Amazon. (Sadly, it is out of print…)

Mandy September 17, 2008 at 5:36 am

Fall is the best! Have your boys read the Indian in the Cupboard? I know it isn’t exactly historical or anything, but it was one of my favorites.

Grace September 17, 2008 at 7:01 am

This is so freaking cute! And such a sweet idea, too. And I *do* love fall so, so much. It is the best!!

Maureen September 17, 2008 at 7:18 am

Hi Stephani;

Just wanted to let you know I’ve been reading your blog for about a month, and really enjoy it. Since you were asking about books about Indians, I thought I’d share. I lead a homeschool young boys book club and this past month, we read The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare. If you go to my blog, I talk about it in the most recent entry. The bottom line is that it’s an awesome book, especially for boys and it really lends itself to some great discussions. I’d highly recommend it.

Cassandra September 17, 2008 at 10:14 am

Hooray for fall! I love the teepee fun!

~Mad September 17, 2008 at 10:52 am

I connected to you on my blog today – I loved your story and pictures.

I’m not a mom – I’m probably old enough to be your mother – but I love your blog….daily!

“How cool is that”:

~Mad(elyn) in Alabama

MadWomanMeg September 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm

This just made me all warm and gooey inside. That is just the coolest thing ever. I love the little tent and them all bundled up in it. The shot of them with the chickens is priceless!!

Relyn September 17, 2008 at 6:18 pm

If I ever find a magic lamp and the genie asks me my wish, I may just ask to get to be your child for a week.

Lynn September 17, 2008 at 6:59 pm

I absolutely love your blog! It sounds like you have so much fun with your boys and I love all your ideas, I’m sure school is a treat to them! Love it, love it!

Em September 17, 2008 at 7:29 pm

So cute! I love that photo of your chickens in front of the teepee! So lovely!

Thimbleina September 18, 2008 at 10:20 am

There imagination knows no bounds, they are amazing boys

Christina September 20, 2008 at 11:27 am

That last picture is incredibly cool. Oh to be a boy!

Nicole September 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm

autumn rocks! this looks like a blast!

Anonymous September 24, 2008 at 2:28 am

that brings back memories! we used to make the head dresses with chicken feathers, too! bantam feathers to be precise.

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