On the Bloody Road to Jesus: Christianity and the Chiricahua Apaches

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On the Bloody Road to Jesus is a study of the rich religious legacy of the Chiricahua Apaches and its inevitable collision with Christianity. Beginning with Apache creation stories, H. Henrietta Stockel describes Chiricahua beliefs and ceremonies before going on to recount the conditions of the Spanish colonial frontier at the moment of conquest. Subsequent chapters trace events that culminated in the surrender of the Chiricahua Apaches in 1886, the twenty-seven years of incarceration as American prisoners of war in Florida, Alabama, and Oklahoma, and the life-changing consequences of the children's education in government-sponsored boarding schools.

Stockel portrays an unbroken sequence of economic motivations on the part of the Spanish, Mexican, and American governments, each eager to expand their respective territories. Equally unbroken was the resistance of the Apaches to indoctrination. According to Stockel, the Chiricahua Apaches never completely surrendered their traditional religion to Christianity. Like other syncretistic religions, their beliefs incorporated aspects of Christian dogma even while they protected their own religion from outsiders.

This is a complicated story rich in cross-cultural encounters on the battlefield, in mission churches, and in the classroom. Stockel's research and writing bring to life the fierce resistance of a heroic people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826332080
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Henrietta Stockel is an independent scholar specializing in Chiricahua Apache history and culture. Her writings also include Women of the Apache Nation. She lives in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Creation Myths, Sacred Stories, and Rituals 9
Ch. 2 The Jesuit Period: Northern Mexico 49
Ch. 3 The Franciscan Period: Northern Mexico 77
Ch. 4 The Apache Diaspora: Florida and Alabama 101
Ch. 5 With Jesus in Boarding School: Pennsylvania 139
Ch. 6 The Protestant Period: Oklahoma 167
Ch. 7 Trails and Trials 207
Ch. 8 Speaking Out 229
Ch. 9 Interlude 265
Notes 269
Bibliography 293
Index 308
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    Great book! Good Native American History read.

    Great book! Good Native American History read.

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