By Barbara Barton
Published April 2012
Chief Lone Wolf of the Kiowas lived at a time when his tribe roamed over a large area of the Southwestern United States. He led his warriors from the mountains of Colorado to the Texas Plains and into Mexico. Although he was ready to challenge any string of blue-coated soldiers he encountered while traveling through Texas, he was very involved in peace negotiations. Lone Wolf made two trips to Washington, D.C. in his lifetime trying to make a peace treaty with the Great White Father.
The Kiowa tribe had distinct appearances and ways of living. Their braves were tall and walked with a graceful gait as they showed off their long hair. Lone Wolf’s portrait details the fine Roman outline of his head. The Kiowa ate mostly meat but supplemented that with fruits, berries roots and nuts. Their tall teepees were covered with buffalo hides. Not only were their homes easy to transport but also their cooking utensils, which included hide bags and containers. Horns of animals were made into spoons but no pottery was used.