The Comanche Chief Whose ‘Vulgar’ Name Was Censored

“Cavalrymen remember such moments: dust swirling behind the pack mules, regimental bugles shattering the air, horses snorting and riders’ tack creaking through the ranks, their old company song rising on the wind.” —S.C. Gwynne, Empire of the Summer Moon

In A Nutshell

One of the most powerful Native American empires of all time belonged to the Comanche—a confederated tribe of mounted men who dominated the plains of the Western United States. When white Americans began to migrate west, violence and conflict ensued. But Americans also took offense at one Comanche war chief’s name: Po-cha-na-quar-hip, who led raids against white settlers, was colloquially referred to as “Buffalo Hump,” but his name actually meant something along the lines of “erection that won’t go down.”

The Whole Bushel

Buffalo Hump was a member of the Penateka band of the Comanche, a tribe whose territory expanded into New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Kansas. His birth date is uncertain—he may have been born in the late 1790s or the early 1800s.

As an adult, Buffalo Hump became a war chief of the Penateka band. His Nermernuh name, commonly transliterated as Po-cha-na-quar-hip, had a phallic meaning white Americans refused to translate: “erection that won’t go down.”

By the time Buffalo Hump came to prominence, Comancheria was on its last leg. The Penateka band in particular was under threat from constant Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Texan Ranger attacks. Smallpox was taking a toll as well. In 1840, some Comanche chiefs made attempts at peace with the Texas government. In January, Texas demanded that the Comanche relinquish their control of central Texas, release all their current white captives, and stay clear of white settlements.

Thirty-three Penateka chiefs gave their response in March at a Council House in San Antonio. They released several captives, but one of the prisoners explained that the chiefs had left some behind. The Penateka explained they had no authority over the remaining prisoners (they were captives of other bands), but the Texans wouldn’t have it. A slaughter ensued.

It was after this incident that Buffalo Hump became well-known. Peace negotiations flopped, and a furious Buffalo Hump instead led successful raids throughout Southeastern Texas, capturing people and livestock. Buffalo Hump was defeated at Plum Creek on August 12, but he escaped.

Buffalo Hump continued his brutal raids until 1844, when he met with Sam Houston (an influential Texas congressman), who agreed to keep white settlers east of Edwards Plateau. But white western expansion could not be stopped, and Buffalo Hump took up raiding again. Finally, in 1846, six years after his tirade of revenge began, Buffalo Hump agreed to a peace treaty with the US under pressure from the Texas Rangers.

Buffalo Hump went on to become a significant resource for American expansion in the West. He helped guide an expedition from San Antonio to El Paso and led his people onto a reservation. He died in 1870 as a farmer.

[Note: The above image is a Comanche man, though not Buffalo Hump himself.]

Show Me The Proof

Texas State Historical Association: Buffalo Hump
Texas State Historical Association: Council House Fight
Empire of the Summer Moon, S.C. Gwynne

  • Marozia

    Sounds like an OK name to me.

    • John J. Pepper

      Better than “He who shits his Pants”…

  • WhiteExodus

    I just wonder why his parents named him Buffalo Hump in the first place…..

    • Danny

      Apparently they believed that the child’s name foretold the future and a strong name would lead to a strong warrior. And according to the article Buffalo Hump was his nickname, his real name translated to ‘erection that won’t go down’.

      • WhiteExodus

        So you’re saying he had a pretty large penis, enough to penetrate a buffalo right?

  • Blahblahblah

    It’s better than the name NORTH *cough Kim kardashian cough*

    • The Ou7law

      How can you say such a thing, North is the greatest name in the world lol

      • Marozia

        What about East-South-East? I thought that was rather nice……

  • The Ou7law

    And great list everyone calls me buffalo hump to especially the ladies 😉

    • Blahblahblah

      Lol i’ll be the judge of that 😉 btw random question but what nationality are u?

      • The Ou7law

        I am white lol, where the hell did that come from? And you can come judge whenever you please 😉

        • Blahblahblah

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      • Ray

        Are you a woman?

        • Hadeskabir

          It’s your mother.

        • Blahblahblah

          Um yes? (can’t tell if being sarcastic…)

  • Sweet-Sativa

    Prude old school dudes. Buffalo Hump is a kick ass name.

  • Hadeskabir

    That was my mothers second choice of a name for me.

    • Ray

      I banged your mom, she wasn’t hard to please.

  • Alpha

    Why constantly specify that they were white Americans? If someone were to say black Americans, or brown Americans, they’d be called racists.

    • Paynefully

      Because uhh they were white Americans. And black or brown Americans are not racist terms

  • chairde

    I’m going to change my name to Long John Silver.

    • Blahblahblah

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      • The Ou7law

        Ill support you in whatever you do

  • rick

    I wanna eat taylor swifts pussy out all nite

    • inconspicuous detective

      what the….

    • Ray

      I’d rather put my penis in it.

      • onefrayedbass

        Well that escalated linearly

      • Hadeskabir

        I heard your mother likes it. Do her.

        • Ray

          Your mom tired me out.

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      • rick

        no, the penis goes in the mouth.

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  • P5ychoRaz

    “Peace negotiations flopped” – nice choice of wording.

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    Po-cha-na-quar-hip, aka Master Boner.

  • creed

    ..

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