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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 ebook unearths the conflicting meanings of energy held by means of the government and the Chiricahua Apaches all through their historical past of interplay. while 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 basically starting. all through their captivity in Florida, Alabama, and Oklahoma, Naiche saved alive Chiricahua religious strength by way of embodying it in his appealing cover work of the Girl’s Puberty Ceremony—a ritual on the very center of tribal cultural existence and religious strength. This narrative is a tribute to the Chiricahua humans, who continue to exist this present day, regardless of army efforts to annihilate them, executive efforts to subjugate them, and social efforts to wreck their language and tradition. even though federal coverage makers dropped at undergo the entire energy at their command, they didn't eliminate Chiricahua spirit and id nor to persuade them that their decrease prestige used to be simply a part of the usual social order. Naiche, besides many different Chiricahuas, believed in one other type of strength. even supposing now not identified to have energy of his personal within the Apache experience, Naiche’s work convey that he believed in a necessary resource of non secular power. In a really actual experience, his work have been visible prayers for the continuation of the Chiricahua humans. obtainable to participants for lots of reasons, strength helped the Chiricahuas continue to exist all through their history. during this ebook, Griffin-Pierce explores Naiche’s paintings during the lens of present anthropological conception on strength, hegemony, resistance, and subordination. As she retraces the Chiricahua odyssey in the course of 27 years of incarceration and exile through traveling their internment websites, she finds how the ability was once with them all through their darkish interval. because it used to be whilst the Chiricahua warriors and their households struggled to stick alive, strength continues to be the centering concentration for modern Chiricahua Apaches. even supposing by no means allowed to come to their cherished native land, not just are the Chiricahua Apaches surviving this day, they're conserving their traditions alive and their tradition robust and very important.
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Since a successful raid depended upon being able to travel without being detected, a raiding party only numbered from ¤ve to ten men from a single local group. The sole objective was to bring home horses, cattle, and possessions without pursuit. Raids were organized when there was a shortage of food and usually took place in the early hours of the morning. In contrast, warfare was a punitive expedition intended to avenge deaths. The relatives of the dead person’s father or his wife tried to enlist as many Ethnographic and Historic Background 31 men as possible, which included those from several local groups.
That way Ramona will be respected as she should be, and you will love each other and be happy. After your marriage, you will owe nothing to me nor to our family; you will support your wife’s family and protect and defend them. [Ball 1988:73–74] Daklugie took his father’s words to heart, and, after their people were exiled to the east, when he and Ramona were among the students bound for Carlisle, he made sure that she was not threatened or hurt in any way on the train. During their time at Carlisle he continued to look out for her as much as he could.
The Gáhe, whose home was in the highlands of Chiricahua territory, were believed to ensure the safety of the people from disease, evil, and enemies (Opler 1996:87). The trickster, Coyote, also played a role in the creation of the world by stealing ¤re and sharing it with humanity. He also made death a part of life and introduced incest, gluttony, lying, theft, and adultery (Opler 1996:197). Thunder and lightning were considered to be people who must be respected, lest they induce illness (Opler 1996:196).
Chiricahua Apache Enduring Power: Naiche's Puberty Ceremony Paintings (Contemporary American Indians) by Dr. Trudy Griffin-Pierce, J. Jefferson Reid, Stephanie M. Whittlesey