Don't Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, 1860-1975 / Edition 1

Don't Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, 1860-1975 / Edition 1

by Eva Tulene Watt
     
 


When the Apache wars ended in the late nineteenth century, a harsh and harrowing time began for the Western Apache people. Living under the authority of nervous Indian agents, pitiless government-school officials, and menacing mounted police, they knew that resistance to American authority would be foolish. But some Apache families did resist in the mostSee more details below

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When the Apache wars ended in the late nineteenth century, a harsh and harrowing time began for the Western Apache people. Living under the authority of nervous Indian agents, pitiless government-school officials, and menacing mounted police, they knew that resistance to American authority would be foolish. But some Apache families did resist in the most basic way they could: they resolved to endure. Although Apache history has inspired numerous works by non-Indian authors, Apache people themselves have been reluctant to comment at length on their own past. Eva Tulene Watt, born in 1913, now shares the story of her family from the time of the Apache wars to the modern era. Her narrative presents a view of history that differs fundamentally from conventional approaches, which have almost nothing to say about the daily lives of Apache men and women, their values and social practices, and the singular abilities that enabled them to survive. In a voice that is spare, factual, and unflinchingly direct, Mrs. Watt reveals how the Western Apaches carried on in the face of poverty, hardship, and disease. Her interpretation of her people’s past is a diverse assemblage of recounted events, biographical sketches, and cultural descriptions that bring to life a vanished time and the men and women who lived it to the fullest. We share her and her family’s travels and troubles. We learn how the Apache people struggled daily to find work, shelter, food, health, laughter, solace, and everything else that people in any community seek. Richly illustrated with more than 50 photographs, Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You is a rare and remarkable book that affords a view of the past that few have seen before—a wholly Apache view, unsettling yet uplifting, which weighs upon the mind and educates the heart.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816523917
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Western Apache Pronunciation Guidexi
Introductionxiii
Part 1"We Sure Did Travel All Over" (1860-1929)
Chapter 13
Chapter 245
Chapter 377
Chapter 4107
Chapter 5127
Part 2"A Really Good Place" (1930-1944)
Chapter 6149
Chapter 7164
Chapter 8184
Chapter 9200
Chapter 10222
Part 3"Leaving Home Was Hard" (1945-1975)
Chapter 11251
Chapter 12271
Last Words289
Acknowledgments291
Family Genealogy294
Chronology of Important Events297
Notes301
Glossary of Apache Terms and Expressions321
References Cited325
Photograph Credits331
Index335

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