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By Dr. Trudy Griffin-Pierce, J. Jefferson Reid, Stephanie M. Whittlesey

A gripping tale of the cultural resilience of the descendants of Geronimo and Cochise.
            This e-book unearths the conflicting meanings of energy held through the government and the Chiricahua Apaches all through their historical past of interplay. whilst Geronimo and Naiche, son of Cochise, surrendered in 1886, their wartime exploits got here to an finish, yet their genuine conflict for survival was once purely starting. all through their captivity in Florida, Alabama, and Oklahoma, Naiche stored alive Chiricahua religious energy by way of embodying it in his appealing disguise work of the Girl’s Puberty Ceremony—a ritual on the very middle of tribal cultural lifestyles and non secular strength.
            This narrative is a tribute to the Chiricahua humans, who live to tell the tale this present day, regardless of army efforts to annihilate them, executive efforts to subjugate them, and social efforts to damage their language and tradition. even if federal coverage makers dropped at endure the entire strength at their command, they didn't remove Chiricahua spirit and id nor to persuade them that their decrease prestige was once simply a part of the traditional social order. Naiche, in addition to many different Chiricahuas, believed in one other type of energy. even though now not recognized to have strength of his personal within the Apache feel, Naiche’s work exhibit that he believed in an essential resource of non secular power. In a really actual experience, his work have been visible prayers for the continuation of the Chiricahua humans. available to members for plenty of reasons, energy helped the Chiricahuas live on all through their history.
            during this ebook, Griffin-Pierce explores Naiche’s art throughout the lens of present anthropological concept on strength, hegemony, resistance, and subordination. As she retraces the Chiricahua odyssey in the course of 27 years of incarceration and exile by way of vacationing their internment websites, she unearths how the facility was once with them all through their darkish interval. because it was once whilst the Chiricahua warriors and their households struggled to stick alive, strength is still the centering concentration for modern Chiricahua Apaches. even if by no means allowed to come to their cherished native land, not just are the Chiricahua Apaches surviving this present day, they're holding their traditions alive and their tradition robust and vital.

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Although occupied for long periods of time, such a settlement was not necessarily permanent; if an enemy penetrated it, a large number of people died there, or the animal or plant resources in the vicinity were sharply reduced, a local group would establish another headquarters (Opler 1983:411). Only the local group had a nanta (leader), a man who embodied the most centralized authority that existed in band life. After their territory had been invaded by Anglo-Americans, one Chiricahua characterized the demands of leadership among his people: “Ability in war and wisdom make the leader.

Bascom’s actions led to ten years of open warfare with Cochise and his warriors. Realizing that continued warfare would only lead to the extinction of his people, Cochise decided to make peace on the condition that their reservation would be located in their homeland. As I continue along the trail, past the Fort Bowie cemetery, I come to the remains of the Chiricahua Apache Figure 4: Apache Pass, a favorite camping site for Cochise’s band before Anglo-American arrival. Apache Springs, here at the pass, ®owed year-round, making it a strategic place.

Working together, they erected this simple dome-shaped structure of poles and thatch. Occasionally, especially among the Eastern Chiricahua, a teepee was used. Kaywaykla, a Warm Springs Apache, or Chihenne (Eastern Chiricahua), explained: Each of these faced the rising sun, as do all Apache dwellings. Our teepees, before they were destroyed by the cavalry, had done so. I could not remember having slept in a teepee covered with skins, though all our people had made them so before the Blue Coats came.

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