Drumbeats from Mescalero: Conversations with Apache Elders, Warriors, and Horseholders

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Texas A&M University Press, Apr 7, 2011 - Social Science - 176 pages
Wisdom from the past . . . hope for the future . . . In 1945 the hot wind from a nuclear explosion at Trinity Site on a nearby missile range raged across the Mescalero Apache Reservation in south-central New Mexico, killing hundreds of head of livestock and causing sickness among the descendants of some of the most famous Apache heroes in American history. In many ways, this disaster typified what these Apaches had come to expect from the federal government: attention was often accompanied by undesired results.
Four thousand Apaches of the Mescalero, Chiricahua, and Lipan bands now live on this reservation. In twelve remarkable oral history interviews, three generations of Mescalero, Chiricahua, and Lipan Apaches reflect on the trials of the past, the challenges of the present, and hope for the future. A common thread among all of the interviewees is a collective memory of their people as formidable enemies of the U.S. government in the not-too-distant past.
Author and ethnographer H. Henrietta Stockel has structured these interviews to encompass three groups of Mescalero Apache society: the elders, the “warriors” (middle-aged), and the “horseholders,” or young apprentices.

 

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Kathleen Kanseah
21
Edward Little
29
Claudine Saenz
51
Sister Juanita Little OSF
63
Joey Padilla
81
Depree Shadowwalker
95
Alfred LaPaz
107
Debi Martinez
117
Larry Shay
137
Eliza Yuzos
147
Dan Kanseah Jr
155
Kiana Mangas
163
The Unyielding Fire of Hope
173
Bibliography
183
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

H. Henrietta Stockel, an acknowledged expert on the ethnographic history of the Apache, is the author of Chiricahua Apache Women and Children: Safekeepers of the Heritage and Geronimo’s Kids: A Teacher’s Lessons on the Apache Reservation (with Robert S. Ove; both from Texas A&M University Press) as well as ten other titles. She lives in Tularosa, New Mexico, at the foot of the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

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