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Apaches: A History and Culture Portrait by James L. Haley

By James L. Haley

Apaches: A historical past and tradition Portrait, James L. Haley’s dramatic saga of the Apaches’ doomed guerrilla warfare opposed to the whites, was once an intensive departure from the tactic by way of past histories of white-native clash. Arguing that "you can't comprehend the background except you already know the culture," Haley first discusses the "life-way" of the Apaches - their mythology and folklore (including the recognized Coyote series), spiritual customs, lifestyle, and social mores. Haley then explores the tumultuous a long time of alternate and treaty and of betrayal and bloodshed that preceded the Apaches’ ultimate army defeat in 1886. He emphasizes figures that performed a decisive position within the clash: Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Geronimo at the one hand, and Royal Whitman, George criminal, and John Clum at the different.

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Similarly, in the original preface I expressed my hope that American Indians would become more audible in giving their own views of their history, and the Apaches have. Even as I was preparing this volume for publication, Eve Ball was preparing her Indeh: An Apache Odyssey (1980), a history recorded from interviews with descendants of prominent Apache participants. Predictably, big differences exist between some of their accounts and what has become standard history. For example, according to Juh's descendant, Ace Daklugie, John Clum's famous "capture" of Geronimo quite simply never happened.

The forces of history can thrust strangers into the same arena and make them interact, but it is the men themselves who must bear responsibility for their conduct. " Surely judgment cannot be so easily escaped. Perhaps the greatest comfort is to be taken from the performances of the good men who appear in the history of Apacheríamen who sought peace and understanding as vigorously as they fought when they had to, like Crook, or Victorio; men who defied majorities of their own race to do what was right, like Calhoun, or Colyer, or Loco; men whose great friendships searched out their own tenuous paths to peace in the midst of pandemonium, friendships like those of Jeffords with Cochise, or Eskiminzin with Whitman and then Clum.

Viii. 2. Basso, "In Pursuit of the Apaches," p. 39. 3. The myth of the first moccasin game is perhaps the single most widespread of the Apache folk tales, and variations of it are legion. See Opler, "Myths and Tales of the Chiricahua Apache Indians," pp. 23-27; Hoijer, Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache Texts, pp. 14-16; Goddard, "Myths and Tales from the San Carlos Apache," pp. 43-44; Goodwin, "Myths and Tales of the White Mountain Apache," pp. 148-50; Bourke, "Notes on Apache Mythology," p. 211; Goddard, "Jicarilla Apache Texts," p.

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