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By Helge Ingstad

Available in English for the 1st time, The Apache Indians tells the tale of the Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad’s sojourn one of the Apaches close to the White Mountain Reservation in Arizona and his epic trip to find the “lost” staff in their brethren within the Sierra Madres within the Nineteen Thirties.

Ingstad traveled to Canada, the place he lived as a trapper for 4 years with the Chipewyan Indians. The Chipewyans informed him stories approximately humans from their tribe who traveled south, by no means to come back. He made up our minds to move south to discover the descendants of his Chipewyan neighbors and ascertain in the event that they had related tales. In 1936 Ingstad arrived within the White Mountains and labored as a cowboy with the Apaches. His stoop concerning the Apaches’ northern origins was once proven via their tales, however the elders additionally advised him approximately one other workforce of Apaches who had fled from the reservation and have been residing within the Sierra Madres in Mexico. Ingstad introduced an excursion on horseback to discover those “lost” humans, hoping to checklist extra stories in their attainable northern foundation but in addition to record traditions and data that will were misplaced one of the Apaches residing at the reservation.

Through Ingstad’s prepared and observant eyes, we capture unforgettable glimpses of the panorama and population of the southwestern borderlands as he and his Apache partners, together with one among Geronimo’s warriors, embark on a perilous quest to discover the elusive Sierra Madre Apaches. The Apache Indians is a robust echo of a prior that has now develop into a myth.

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8. ” 9. Richard J. Perry, The Western Apache: People of the Mountain Corridor (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1991), 122–25. 10. Two good collections of Western Apache stories are Pliny E. 3pt ——— Normal PgEnds: [-36], (3 Thomas J. Nevins xxxvii Papers of the American Museum of Natural History 24 (New York, 1920); and Grenville Goodwin, Myths and Tales of the White Mountain Apache, (1939; reprint, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1994). 11. Perry, Western Apache. For an overview of the archaeological and physical anthropological research into this topic, see J.

This was before the white people came to the country. There were no horses and no tamed animals. The Apaches seldom fought and mostly lived in peace with other Indians. Then came the whites who wanted to take the land, and turbulence began. The Indians rose up against the whites and stole horses and cattle, which they then used to make moccasins with. The whites took the land and sent many Indians to prison. Many terrible things have happened and nothing is the same. When you look at us today you think that perhaps we are few.

A few adventurous Mormon families decided to build ranches at a site they called Forestdale, located in the north-central area of the Apache reservation, just south of Show Low. Accounts of what happened to this first settlement are unclear, but it appears that some Apaches managed to pressure the Mormon families into leaving. The Mormons made another attempt to settle the Forestdale territory in 1881. This understandably irked the Apaches, and in order to placate them, and possibly forestall another outbreak of hostilities, the Army forced the settlers off the reservation in 1882.

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