Andele, The Mexican-Kiowa Captive / Edition 1

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Early in 1867 Kiowa chief Many Bears paid the Mescalero Apache one mule, two buffalo robes, and a red blanket to purchase ten-year-old José Andrés Martínez. Abducted near his home in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in October 1866, he became Many Bears's grandson, Andele. He quickly adapted to his new life, grew to manhood among the Kiowa, took part in Kiowa raiding parties when he turned sixteen, and three times married Kiowa women.

Confined to a reservation in Oklahoma after 1875, Andele in the 1880s sought to reclaim his former life and returned to his family in Las Vegas. But in 1889, feeling "his interests were all identified with the Kiowa, and that he had learned to love them," he returned to the reservation, taught industrial arts at the agency school, and aided the Kiowa in defense of their lands. In the 1890s Andele began serving as a resource to a generation of anthropologists studying Kiowa and Apache society. His captivity narrative, published in 1899 by the Methodist missionary J. J. Methvin, is an invaluable eyewitness description of Plains Indians. It is reissued with an introduction by ethnohistorian James F. Brooks of the University of Maryland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826317483
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st University of New Mexico Press paper
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

James F. Brooks is a member of the research faculty and director of SAR Press at the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Andele 1
Foreword 23
Preface 25
Ch. I The Martinez Family 29
Ch. II The Mescaleros Capture Andres 30
Ch. III A Vain Pursuit 33
Ch. IV The Flight. Little Pedro's Death 35
Ch. V Andres' Sufferings. Resolves to Die. Engages in a Deadly Conflict with the Apache Boys. Is Rescued by the Kiowas 40
Ch. VI Sold to the Kiowas. Becomes the Adopted Son of the Chief, Heap O'Bears 48
Ch. VII Kiowas Reach Home. The Big Medicine Dance 52
Ch. VIII The Quo-dle-quoit. Andele has a Fight. The Scalp Dance 61
Ch. IX Heap O'Bears is Killed by the Utes and Scalped. Somtotleti Dies with Him 65
Ch. X Mourning for Heap O'Bears. Horrible Sight 69
Ch. XI War with the U.S. Soldiers. Cheyennes Surprised in a Scalp Dance 70
Ch. XII Scalping the Utes. A Grim Joke 73
Ch. XIII Foot Fight. The Indian Worship. The Sweat Booth. Buffalo Medicine Song 76
Ch. XIV Marauding Expedition into Texas. Massacre on the Washita 82
Ch. XV Tahan, the Captive Texan 87
Ch. XVI Indian Census by Capt. R. H. Pratt 92
Ch. XVII Startling Incidents. Rescue of Captives 94
Ch. XVIII Andele Disgusted with Indian Medicine 103
Ch. XIX Andele Marries - Has Trouble 106
Ch. XX Dog Soldiers 113
Ch. XXI Light Dawning 115
Ch. XXII Geos Home to New Mexico. Returns after Four Years. Converted and Joins the Methodist Church. God's Providence in it All 119
Ch. XXIII A Civilized Courtship and Christian Marriage 123
Supplement 125
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2002

    Wonder ful History Reading.

    This book is a must for any history buff. Andele was married to my relative. Any other questions contact me at

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