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Renowned for ferocity in battle, legendary for an uncanny ability to elude capture, feared for the violence of his vengeful raids, the Apache fighter Geronimo captured the public imagination in his own time and remains a figure of mythical proportion today. This thoroughly researched biography by a renowned historian of the American West strips away the myths and rumors that have long obscured the real Geronimo and presents an authentic portrait of a man with unique strengths and weaknesses and a destiny that ...

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Overview

Renowned for ferocity in battle, legendary for an uncanny ability to elude capture, feared for the violence of his vengeful raids, the Apache fighter Geronimo captured the public imagination in his own time and remains a figure of mythical proportion today. This thoroughly researched biography by a renowned historian of the American West strips away the myths and rumors that have long obscured the real Geronimo and presents an authentic portrait of a man with unique strengths and weaknesses and a destiny that swept him into the fierce storms of history.

Historian Robert Utley draws on an array of new sources and his own lifelong research on the mountain West and white-Indian conflicts of the late nineteenth century to create an updated, accurate, and highly exciting narrative of Geronimo's life. Utley unfolds the story through the alternating perspectives of whites and Apaches, and he arrives at a more nuanced understanding of Geronimo's character and motivation than ever before. What it was like to be an Apache fighter-in-training, why Indians as well as whites feared Geronimo, how Geronimo maintained his freedom, and why he finally surrendered—the answers to these questions and many more fill the pages of this irresistable volume.

Winner of the 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction Biography

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
Geronimo famously eluded the United States Army during his lifetime, and he has been dodging historians since his death. Robert M. Utley, a distinguished chronicler of the West and author of a biography of Sitting Bull, is the latest to make the chase, and he has succeeded as well as anyone will.
—H. W. Brands
Publishers Weekly
Meticulous and finely researched, Utley’s (The Lance and the Shield) account of Geronimo’s life attempts to dismiss the legend of an “Apache daredevil fighting for his homeland.” Compiled from various firsthand accounts and military records, the book traces the life of the Chiricahua warrior from fearless raider to subdued reservation Indian. Living free of government control until 1876, Geronimo ravaged the area of the present-day Arizona/Sonora border for decades, focusing particular vehemence on the Mexican side as retribution for the (assumed) massacre of his first family when he was 28. Not until the late 1870s did Geronimo gain notoriety on the American side of the border, when “he came to personify all the Apache raiders, both in the minds of victims and in newspapers throughout the nation.” He lived most of his life highly suspicious of everyone, even his own people, always “coiled to stampede to Mexico,” where he could hide himself in the nearly impenetrable Sierra Madre. Multiple breakouts from reservations in Arizona and New Mexico cemented his fame as one of the last Apache war heroes. At times detail cluttered and distant, the book occasionally glosses over horrific events. However, Utley achieves his goal of humanizing Geronimo, fastidiously showing the transition from bloodthirsty raider to subservient prisoner of war, fair attraction and, eventually, entrepreneur. Agent: Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents. (Nov.)
Caspar [WY] Star-Tribune
“This biography by historian Robert Utley draws on new literature and historical sources, stripping away the rumors. It tells Geronimo’s story from both the white and Apache perspectives – what it was like to be an Apache fighter, how Geronimo stayed free and why he finally surrendered.”—Caspar [WY] Star-Tribune
Douglas Brinkley
"Robert Utley's Geronimo is a brilliantly researched and clearly written biography of the Chiricahua Apache leader whose legend never dies. Utley, the great historian of the American West, adeptly fleshes out the man from the myth. A stunning achievement!"—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America
Howard Lamar
 “The most complete, scholarly study of Geronimo’s life from birth to death I have ever read.”—Howard Lamar, Yale University
Walter Nugent
“Completely original and very well sourced. In this, Utley continues the high standard of his earlier books. . . . His careful weighing of evidence and ferreting out of story lines from far-flung and sometimes conflicting sources are impressive throughout.”—Walter Nugent, University of Notre Dame
Brian DeLay
"An unflinching and engrossing chronicle of Geronimo’s life and times. Drawing upon his mastery of western military history and his ear for good stories, Robert Utley brings a remarkable and bloody era to life."—Brian DeLay, author of War of a Thousand Deserts
         
Wild West Magazine
"[A] sure-to-be-a-classic book. . . . Fast-paced and engrossing.”—Wild West
The Daily Beast - Marc Wortman
“Utley is widely regarded as dean of Western American historians. . . . He has read virtually everything written about Geronimo and produced a highly factual, easy-to-read biography. . . . Geronimo shines a harsh, clear light that cuts through the legend to reveal who this fighting man really was and how American might ended his warrior ways.”—Marc Wortman, The Daily Beast 
Booklist - Jay Freeman
“Given the merciless nature of warfare in the American Southwest, it has always been difficult to remain objective about the character and exploits of the Apache warrior Geronimo. Still, Utley, acclaimed biographer and chronicler of the Indian wars, has made a valiant effort. . . . Utley succeed[s] in describing the human being behind the violent, almost demonic, image.”—Jay Freeman, Booklist 
Tulsa World - Glenn Altschuler
Utley “brings a lifetime of knowledge about the Indians of the American Southwest to a search for the ‘real’ Geronimo.  . . . The Apache leader, he concludes, was a complex and contradictory man, by turns defiant and submissive.”—Glenn Altschuler, Tulsa World 
New York Review of Books - Larry McMurtry
“Robert Utley is an accomplished and meticulous historian, with a solid grasp of the history of the American West. . . . Utley has done a serviceable job of tracking Geronimo through his many raids [and] . . . has followed Geronimo skillfully through his various escapes from Union soldiers. . . . [Until], while remaining under guard as a prisoner of war, [Geronimo] ended up as a kind of American celebrity.”—Larry McMurtry, New York Review of Books 
Washington Post - H. W. Brands
“Geronimo famously eluded the United States Army during his lifetime, and he has been dodging historians since his death. Robert M. Utley, a distinguished chronicler of the West and author of a biography of Sitting Bull, is the latest to make the chase, and he has succeeded as well as anyone will.”—H. W. Brands, Washington Post
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum - 2013 Wrangler Award
 Winner of the 2013 Wrangler Award in the Literary Nonfiction category, given by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Western Writers of America - Best Western Nonfiction-Biography Spur
Won the 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction-Biography given by Western Writers of America.
JM Northern Media LLC - San Francisco Book Festival
Honorable Mention at the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival in the Biography/Autobiography category
Wall Street Journal - Fergus M. Bordewich
Geronimo is “compact, crisply written and provocative. . . . Utley peels away the legend to reveal a complex and difficult man whose life began in a world untouched by American civilization and extended into the 20th century. Gen. Nelson Miles of the U.S. Army . . . called him ‘one of the lowest and most cruel of the savages of the American continent,’ as well as ‘one of the brightest, most resolute, determined-looking men that I have ever encountered.’”—Fergus M. Bordewich, Wall Street Journal
Tucson Weekly - Tim Hull
"The depth of Utley's research, his impressive command of the military history of the Southwest, and his sharp eye for detail will likely make this book the standard by which all other works on Geronimo will be judged for years to come."—Tim Hull, Tucson Weekly
JM Northern Media LLC - Great Southeast Book Festival
Honorable Mention at the 2013 Great Southeast Book Festival in the Biography category, given by JM Northern Media LLC.
Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Assoc - Reading the West Book Awards
Shortlisted for the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, Reading the West Book Awards in the Adult Nonfiction category.
Choice
"A revision of previous accounts that portray Geronimo as a heroic figure fighting to preserve his homeland."—Choice
Choice
"A revision of previous accounts that portray Geronimo as a heroic figure fighting to preserve his homeland."—Choice
Southern California Book Festival - 2012 Honorable Mention for the Southern California Book Festival in the Biograph
Honorable Mention at the 2012 Southern California Book Festival in the Biography/Autobiography category
Southern California Book Festival - 2012 Honorable Mention for the Southern California Book Festival in the Biography/Autobiography cate
Honorable Mention at the 2012 Southern California Book Festival in the Biography/Autobiography category
Sunday Times
"This fascinating account of the Native American freedom fighter paints a complex picture of the warrior’s shocking violence."—Sunday Times
Sunday Times - 23rd December 2012
"Robert M. Utley’s scholarly biography of ‘the most famous North American Indian of all time’ is treading… on sensitive ancestral ground – but strides in fearlessly. For this slender book is a potent challenge to Geronimo’s status within the ‘heroic mould’ of noble Indian chiefs such as Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse... Utley has dissected [Geronimo’s life] with forensic rigour… If you are intrigued by the real Apache behind the burning ranches and scattered corpses of Cormac McCarthy’s novels or John Ford’s films, then this is a valuable and recommended read."— Brian Schofield, The Sunday Times
The Journal of Arizona History - Bud Shapard
"...[A] professionally researched and written book that gives the reader a condensed description of Geronimo and provides thoughtful observations about the legend's complex life. It is definitely a worthwhile read for those interested in Apaches or the Wild West."—Bud Shapard, The Journal of Arizona History
Kirkus Reviews
In addition to a biography of the great Native-American warrior, Utley (Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer's Last Stand, 2011) takes readers on a tour of southern Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. The author examines the relevant geography, but he also provides a better understanding of how the legendary Geronimo became a brutal reservation Apache. The author's long career as a Western American historian, his association with the National Park Service and his close attention to the topographic detail of the Apache homeland guarantee a true picture of the man who was neither hero nor thug. Geronimo was never a chief, but he had a mysterious, surreal power that left his people in awe, and often in fear, of him. The Apache people were trained from birth to survive in the treacherous mountains of the Southwest, to live off the land and to plunder. It was a way of life Geronimo excelled at, with his shamanlike ability to foresee trouble for his small band of loyal followers. Raiding and plunder were an integral part of their culture, as was breaking out of the reservation on a regular basis. Geronimo's attacks in Mexico, where his first wife and children were massacred, were invariably brutal. The Apache nation had a number of true leaders, most of whom wished to live peacefully. Cochise is well-known to us, but the greatest of all chiefs and Geronimo's mentor, Mangas Coloradas, has been decidedly unfamiliar to most of us until now. This is no hagiography. Utley presents the culture, upbringing and external forces that made Geronimo the man he became, warts and all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300189001
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Series: The Lamar Series in Western History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 214,329
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Robert M. Utley is the award-winning author of seventeen books on western American history. During his career with the National Park Service he served as chief historian and assistant director. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ.

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GERONIMO


By Robert M. Utley

YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Copyright © 2012 Robert M. Utley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-300-12638-9


Chapter One

Apache Youth

GERONIMO'S LAWLESS BAND EL PASO, Texas, May 15.—W. J. Glenn, who has just arrived here from the State of Sonora, Mexico, gives a truthful account of the terrible atrocities of Geronimo and his band of Apaches in Sonora and Southern Arizona. He asserts that the Indians seem encouraged, and are more bloodthirsty than for several months, and Mexicans and their families, as well as Americans, are indiscriminately butchered when found. Three surveyors who recently went into the mountains have disappeared, and no trace of them can be found. There is no doubt they were butchered. Mr. Glenn said that Northern Sonora is terribly excited over the report that a body of Mexicans numbering 50 men have been surrounded in the mountains, and are in danger of being massacred. —New York Times, May 15, 1886

HISTORY WOULD AWARD THE youth born sixty-three years earlier with hundreds of such articles in newspapers all over the United States. Some were mere rumors or fabrications, but the stories were bad enough to brand this man a bloody butcher who shot, lanced, or knifed dozens of victims throughout his adult life. His name induced fear and horror in settlers in Arizona and New Mexico as well as the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora. And the public at large knew the name to stand for terrible atrocities. His youth featured nothing that portended such a record.

He first glimpsed daylight in a broad river valley, yellow grass waving in the breeze, bordered by towering mountains capped in green. This was the homeland of his people, the Bedonkohe (Bee-don-ko-hee) band of the Chiricahua (Cheer-i-ca-wah) Apache tribe. His father, Taslishim, The Gray One, and his mother, remembered only by her Mexican name, Juana, named their son Goyahkla, The One Who Yawns. Like his mother, in manhood he would also be known by his Mexican name and emerge as the most famous North American Indian of all time—Geronimo.

The year was 1823, the place the upper Gila (Hee-la) River Valley where it flows south from the Mogollon (Mug-ee-yone) Mountains in the modern state of New Mexico. The river then describes a southward bend and runs west across the line that would mark the border of the future state of Arizona. Eighty years later, Geronimo would recall his birth year as 1829 and his birthplace as the Gila River in Arizona just west of the boundary with New Mexico. His memory—or his interpreter—played him false. The year 1823 fits with other known events, and the New Mexico site his own description of the country.

The Mogollon Mountains played a prominent role in the life of Geronimo, both as refuge from pursing soldiers and as base for murderous raids on white farmers and miners below. The highest and most rugged range in New Mexico, the Mogollons rise above eight thousand feet, with more than five peaks soaring above ten thousand. Deep, precipitous canyons snake around the peaks, and steep, rocky ridges climb one on the other toward the summit. Douglas fir and aspen, golden in autumn, cover the high areas, with juniper, oak, and cactus crawling down the lower slopes. Storms of rain and snow sweep the jagged heights. Only the hardiest and most knowledgeable, such as the Apaches, could summon these tortuous mountains to their purposes.

Taslishim was the son of a great chief, Mahco. Goyahkla never saw his grandfather, but his father described him as a man of great size, strength, and sagacity, as well as a man of peace. Mahco's chieftainship coincided with a long period of relative peace between the wars that periodically occurred with the Spanish people far to the south. This period began about 1790 and continued into Goyahkla's youth, by which time Spanish rule had been overthrown, and the people to the south called themselves Mexicans. Even so, Mahco was also remembered as a great fighter, and his grandson heard war stores from his father that related to the few episodes of war that occurred during Mahco's tenure. Well into adulthood, when other loyalties developed, Goyahkla venerated the memory of his grandfather.

Geronimo said he had three brothers and four sisters. Actually, he had only one sibling, a sister named Nah-dos-te, four years his senior. The rest were grandchildren of Mahco and his second wife, whose name is not known to have been written down. The Apache language made no distinction between cousins and siblings. Except for one true sister, the others Geronimo referred to were all cousins. His favorite "sister," Ishton, was two years younger and the daughter of one of Mahco's sons or daughters.

After Mahco's death, the Bedonkohe chieftainship fell not to Taslishim but to a Bedonkohe named Teboka, which explains why Geronimo never became a chief. Already, however, another chief had largely inherited the role filled by the great Mahco, and Teboka generally followed this chief. He was then known as Fuerte (Spanish for strong), but within a decade Mexicans would provide his lasting name, Mangas Coloradas (Red Sleeves).

Three other Chiricahua bands adjoined the Bedonkohe. To the east, extending almost to the Rio Grande, lived the Chihenne (Chee-hen-ee) band, which translates to Red Paint People. To the southwest ranged a Chiricahua band that in later years took the name of the most prominent subdivision, Chokonen (Cho-ko-nen). These people occupied the Chiricahua and Dragoon Mountains and the intervening valleys of southeastern Arizona. South of this band, below the line that would divide the United States and Mexico, the Nednhi (Ned-nee) band lived among North America's most rugged and inaccessible mountains, the Sierra Madre.

No single chief guided the Chiricahua tribe or its bands. Each band divided into local groups—extended families and any others who wished to belong. Each local group had one or more chiefs. All the bands included local groups of more or less size and influence that rose and fell. For example, the Warm Springs (or Ojo Caliente: Oho Cal-yent-tay) is the best known of several Chihenne local groups.

All the Chiricahua bands shared a virtually identical language, culture, and life-way. Their neighbors to the west, the White Mountain Apaches, bore close resemblance to the Chiricahuas in band and local group organization and in language and culture. Tensions sometimes unsettled Chiricahua and White Mountain Apache relationships, but in general they coexisted amicably. The White Mountain Apaches were the largest division of the Western Apaches, which on their south and west also included Cibicue (Sib-i-que), San Carlos, and Northern and Southern Tontos. East of the Rio Grande, in the Sierra Blanca of southern New Mexico, the Mescalero Apaches shared much of the Chiricahua language and culture and friendly if sporadic relations. The Jicarilla (Hick-a-ree-a) tribe lived in northern New Mexico, Kiowa-Apaches in Oklahoma, and Lipan Apaches in Texas, but they did not interact with the Chiricahuas. (See Appendix.)

During Geronimo's heyday, the entire Chiricahua tribe numbered about three thousand people, so in the relatively small local groups most people tended to know one another. By 1886, when Geronimo surrendered, the tribe had declined by about 80 percent, mainly the result of warfare.

During his maturing years, Geronimo's most influential mentor was his fellow Bedonkohe, Mangas Coloradas. By the 1850s, Mangas Coloradas excelled all other Chiricahua leaders in almost every way. Physically, he was a giant, six and a half feet tall, muscular, with an expansive chest and shoulders, brawny legs, and posture "straight as a reed from which his arrows were made." Black eyes flashed from beneath a high and wide forehead. A massive jaw and prominent cheekbones completed a physique unusual by every Apache standard. His character featured the trait most admired by Apaches, courage. In battle he fought with vigor, and after war resumed with Mexicans in the 1830s, he frequently demonstrated his bravery by aggressive moves against Mexican troop formations and in hand-to-hand combat. His hatred of the Mexican state of Sonora knew no bounds, but his attitude toward the state of Chihuahua was less belligerent. Yet as the years passed and his influence remained supreme, he increasingly wanted to cultivate crops in peace on the prairies where the upper Gila River emerged from the Mogollon Mountains. His superb leadership talents included a political instinct for uniting both tribes and bands behind his policies.

Born about 1790 (killed 1863), Mangas married about 1810 into a mixed Bedonkohe-Chihenne group living near Santa Lucía Springs, located in the foothills of the Burro Mountains bordering on the south the large southward arc of the upper Gila River in southwestern New Mexico. (See the map of the homeland of Geronimo and Mangas Coloradas.) Consistent with Chiricahua custom, Mangas went to live with his wife's family. Santa Lucía Springs remained his home base for the rest of his life and the center of a growing hybrid local group that drew on all the Chihenne local groups, the Bedonkohes, and even some of the Chokonens. By the time Geronimo had reached manhood and taken the name Geronimo, the Bedonkohes looked on Mangas Coloradas as having filled the leadership void left by the death of Chief Mahco. Over several decades, the hybrid group turned essentially into the Bedonkohe Chiricahua band. As an admiring protégé, Geronimo firmly linked himself to Mangas Coloradas until his death.

In old age Geronimo remembered rolling on the dirt floor of the family dwelling and being bundled in his cradle board fastened to his mother's back or swinging from a tree limb. When scarcely out of the cradle board, his instruction began. His mother taught him the origins, traditions, customs, beliefs, and ceremonies of his people. His father regaled him with stories of war and tales of hunting the animals on which much of the people's subsistence depended.

From his mother, the boy learned of Usen, Life-Giver, and the all-knowing, all-seeing deity that governed Apache life. She taught him to pray to Usen for strength, health, wisdom, and protection. She told of White Painted Woman, Child of the Water, and the Mountain Spirits. All had their role in the beginnings of the people; all had many, not always consistent, stories handed down of their place in the mists of antiquity; all except Usen had ceremonies of celebration or propitiation.

Rituals abounded. Geronimo learned them and practiced them. They defined the proper path through life, from which one strayed at his peril. For example, an elaborate ceremony conducted by a shaman attended the construction and first use of the cradle board. The process climaxed with a shaman raising the cradle to the four directions three times, after which the infant was placed in it. "Putting on the Moccasins" celebrated release from the cradle board and first steps. It, too, featured a shaman as well as much feasting. Certain men and women knew how to conduct the ceremony. This power came to them through the culture hero Child of the Water. This ceremony, as one old Apache related, "is done to keep the child healthy and strong, and because Child of the Water, when he started to walk, had a ceremony like this one." As in all Indian tribes, the number four was sacred and governed all ceremonies, which customarily lasted four days. Many others drew Geronimo along life's path.

The most critical personal attribute Geronimo's mother conveyed was "Power." Every Apache sought or received Power. Power derived from both the animate and the inanimate—an animal, a bird, even an insect, or simply a spiritual revelation, perhaps from Usen. Power featured a wide variety of expressions, for both good and evil. Controlling the weather, such as bringing rain or redirecting lightning, are examples of good. Most notably, shamans and healing dominated the uses of Power. As he grew into manhood, Geronimo acquired a wide range of Power that impressed his people, including healing the sick through incantations.

Apache culture provided many occasions for social gatherings, including all the ceremonies. Simply a consensus that the people wanted to assemble for a good time was excuse enough. They told stories, danced, feasted, and drank a mild beverage fermented from corn called tiswin. Only when ample supplies of corn could be obtained as rations or by theft or cultivation, however, could the beverage be prepared. Women made tiswin. Some acquired distinction as tiswin brewers. As early as age fourteen, adolescents could drink tiswin.

Because tiswin soured several days after being made, an entire supply had to be consumed during a social affair. Increasingly, its alcoholic effect induced men to fast for several days before an event and then drink themselves into oblivion. Often, mayhem and even death occurred during a tiswin drunk. Not all, or even most, social affairs were tiswin drunks, but custom made them common.

Tiswin bears more of the blame for Apache intoxication than warranted. Much stronger drink could be made from the agave (or century) plant, including mescal, tequila, and pulque. Ultimately whiskey could be obtained by purchase or theft. So powerful was the addiction to alcohol in any form that it led to drinking parties that often featured violence, mayhem, and even murder. Worse, time and again it overcame experience and common sense to entice groups to expose themselves to massacre by Mexicans. By adulthood, many Apaches had become addicted.

Such would be Geronimo's fate, but for young Geronimo, all was not study and learning. He played with his brothers and sisters. Hide-and-seek was a perennial favorite. Also, they played at war. Imitating fighting men, they crept up on an object or playmate designated the enemy and, reenacting the stories they had been told of adult deeds, "performed the feats of war." A difficult and competitive game, hoop-and-pole, tested their emerging skills.

As the youth grew taller and stronger, he joined other young people in helping their parents till the soil. They cultivated corn, beans, melons, and pumpkins. The boys also joined with the women and their daughters to gather berries and nuts when ripe. Not until adolescence, after mastering horsemanship, did they begin to hunt the animals that provided a major source of sustenance.

As soon as the boy entered adolescence, Taslishim began to prepare his son for the novice period, the years when the boy learned, experienced, and ultimately mastered the demanding trials that ended in formal admission to adulthood and fighting status. Most men had qualified because the culture demanded fighters. Chiricahuas distinguished between raid and war. Raids aimed at replenishing provisions or stock running low, with every possible measure, including spiritual, undertaken to avoid casualties. War, much larger and more formal, was strictly for revenge of an earlier death or injury at the hands of the foe. Mexicans bore the brunt of both raid and war.

Taslishim and a shaman helped Geronimo construct a powerful and sacred bow and arrows and learn to use them accurately. Taslishim subjected his son to the beginnings of rigorous physical training, designed to build strength and endurance and tolerate deprivation of water and food for long periods. The boy exercised to toughen muscles throughout the body, but the challenge repeated almost daily was a long, fast run over rough terrain, usually up a steep slope and back down. To demonstrate that he had done his breathing through his nose, he carried a small stone in his mouth and showed it to his mentor on return. As the boy progressed yearly toward the novitiate, the runs became longer and harder.

Taslishim died when his son was ten, several years before the onset of novitiate. Someone else had to continue the training. Taslishim lingered in illness long before death, so he may have designated a man to take responsibility. An uncle often undertook this task. Taslishim had no brother, so his successor may have been an uncle who was born of Mahco's second wife or even some other willing member of the Bedonkohe band.

Horsemanship and skill in hunting were part of the preparation. Geronimo began serious hunting at the age of ten, about the time his father died. The prairies at the foot of the Mogollon Mountains abounded in deer, antelope, elk, and buffalo. Geronimo found buffalo the easiest to kill, using both bow and arrow and spear. Deer were the hardest. They had to be stealthily approached from downwind. "Frequently we would spend hours in stealing upon grazing deer." Once within range, the boys could often bring several down before the rest stampeded. The deer provided both meat and hide. "Perhaps no other animal was more valuable to us than the deer." Apache taboos barred eating the flesh of the fish swarming in the streams and the bears roaming the forests.

Special techniques applied to wild turkeys and rabbits. The hunters drove the turkeys from the woods into the open and pursued them slowly until they tired. Then the boys prodded their mounts and dashed on the birds, sweeping them from the ground with a hand. If a bird took to flight, they raced their horses beneath and struck with a hunting club. Rabbits posed a contest in speed, as the horses galloped after a fleeing animal and the rider either scooped it up by hand or threw the hunting club to strike it down. "This was great sport when we were boys, but as warriors we seldom hunted small game."

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue 1

1 Apache Youth 5

2 Apache Manhood 15

3 Battle and Massacre 23

4 "Americans" 29

5 War with the Americans 36

6 Return of the Bluecoats 45

7 Cochise: War and Peace, 1863-72 55

8 Cochise: Peace at Last, 1872 61

9 The Chiricahua Reservation, 1872-76 72

10 Removal to the Gila River 81

11 Geronimo's First Breakout, 1878 92

12 Back to San Carlos, 1878-79 98

13 Geronimo's Second Breakout, 1881 104

14 Geronimo Abducts Loco, 1982 113

15 Mexico: Massacres and Raids, 1882-83 125

16 Geronimo Confronts Crook in the Sierra Madre, 1883 134

17 Return to San Carlos, 1883-84 143

18 The Last Breakout, 1885 149

19 Back to the Sierra Madre, 1885 160

20 Chased by Crook's Scouts, 1885-86 168

21 Canyon de los Embudos, 1886 182

22 Miles in Command, 1886 192

23 Geronimo Meets Gatewood, 1886 203

24 Geronimo Surrenders, 1886 213

25 Prisoners of War, 1886-87 221

26 Geronimo at Mount Vernon Barracks, 1888-94 235

27 Geronimo's Final Home, 1894-1909 248

28 Geronimo's Last Years 255

Epilogue 263

Appendix 275

List of Abbreviations 276

Notes 277

Bibliography 319

Index 335

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    Zenia bio

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