By James L. Haley

ISBN-10: 0806129786

ISBN-13: 9780806129785

Apaches: A heritage and tradition Portrait, James L. Haley’s dramatic saga of the Apaches’ doomed guerrilla warfare opposed to the whites, was once an intensive departure from the tactic through prior histories of white-native clash. Arguing that "you can't comprehend the historical past until you already know the culture," Haley first discusses the "life-way" of the Apaches - their mythology and folklore (including the well-known Coyote series), non secular customs, lifestyle, and social mores. Haley then explores the tumultuous a long time of exchange and treaty and of betrayal and bloodshed that preceded the Apaches’ ultimate army defeat in 1886. He emphasizes figures that performed a decisive function within the clash: Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Geronimo at the one hand, and Royal Whitman, George criminal, and John Clum at the different.

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Up until the close of our territorial expansion we never seemed to play much in the way of favorites as to whom we were willing to kill for more territory. Yet there was undeniably some factor of race involved that needs further examination. Most white people on the frontier believed that they were racially superior to the Indians. And almost any tribe of Indians that one can name viewed themselves as created first and the favorite of the Creator, superior to other people whether white, Mexican or other Indians.

A similar example is seen in the Apache warrior whom the white soldiers nicknamed Peaches, who was indispensable as a scout to General Crook during the 1883 operation in Mexico. It is widely published that Peaches was a deserter from the band of the minor chief Chatto. It is less widely circulated that Peaches did not Page xii quit the war trail until he witnessed the death of his ''partner''; and less known still that the other men of Chatto's band, far from labeling him coward or traitor, understood the trauma that losing one's war partner could cause, and even gave him enough food to last until he returned to the agency.

A quick glance at the bibliographies of Dan L. Thrapp and other military scholars makes it pretty convincing that additional inquiry there, while perhaps yielding some few fruits, would prove less than continually rewarding. Rather, this volume is intended as a different perspective of known factsa blending, I hope, of two fields of scholarship, Apache history and Apache ethnology, that have heretofore been related but, puzzlingly, segregated. I do not know why this should have been so; the theme has been touched on by many different writers but never really carried home.

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