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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Mails, Thomas E.
People called Apache.
New York : BDD Illustrated Books, 1993
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Thomas E Mails
|Description:||576 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm|
|Contents:||The Western Apache (Arizona) --
The Chiricahua Apache (Arizona) --
The Mescalero Apache (New Mexico) --
The Jicarilla Apache (New Mexico) --
Apache arts, crafts, and games --
The Apaches in 1992.
|Responsibility:||written and illustrated by Thomas E. Mails.|
"They called themselves The People, but to nearly everyone else in their world they were known as The Enemy. They earned the name in every respect, since few others fought harder to preserve their territory and way of life. This ancient people, whom we know today as Apache, made a prolonged, desperate, and ultimately unsuccessful effort to drive the Spanish, the Mexicans, and finally the Anglo-Americans out of their ancestral lands. Defeated, the Apache were placed in four reservations on or near their original ranges in Arizona and New Mexico. Most of them still live there, on some of the must ruggedly beautiful land in this country. Over time they have accepted the White ways, yet have refused to let many of their old customs die. The Apache's renowned vitality and tenacity have served them well, for despite the tragic adjustments and abuses of early reservation life, they have managed to preserve their language, their heritage, and the most important parts of their ancient life-way - at the same time struggling to become industrious, progressive American citizens. The People Called Apache is a complete account of that life-way past and present. Though known by a common name and sharing many customs and beliefs, the four Apache groups of Arizona and New Mexico - Western Apaches, Chiricahua, Mescalero, and Jicarilla - have for centuries been distinct units. Every aspect of their individual life-ways is examined here in detail: history, social structure, warfare; housing, dress, food ; arts, crafts, and games; birth, courtship, and death. The author gives careful attention to Apache religion - which treats every day as a sacred path, to be walked with concern for all created things - and in particular to important religious practices such as puberty rites and curing ceremonies, which bring the Apache into close contact with the supernatural. Throughout the book he stresses both the similarities and differences among the groups."--Book jacket.