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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.