"Once I moved around like the wind. Now I surrender to you and that is all."
Geronimo's words of March, 1886, spoken in Mexico to General George Crook were intended to end approximately 26 years of savage warfare on the part of both white settlers and Apaches in the southwestern part of the US. Geronimo surrendered, but a warning from a whisky salesman that the warriors would be killed once they were back in US territory, prompted Geronimo to escape the same day along with a band of about 40 Apaches. A surrender followed by escape is only one of a series of controversial behaviors surrounding the life of Geronimo, one of the most well-known of Native American chiefs. Like many aspects of Geronimo's life, details of his birth are controversial. Geronimo states in his biography that he was born in Arizona in 1829. Experts on his life hold, however, that he was born near the middle fork of the Gila River in New Mexico about 1823.
The specific details of Geronimo's birth and early years are sparse due to the preliterate culture of Apaches. Yet, the customs and habits of Geronimo's people offer us an understanding of their strong ties to the land for which they were willing to battle to the death. No churches, temples, mosques, or synagogues graced Apache land; instead, the land, itself, was sacred. Believing the Great Spirit had purposely placed the tribes in the southwest, a mother would bury her afterbirth near a fruit-bearing bush or tree and pray that her child would live to see many harvests of fruit from the tree. The tribe respected the brotherhood of all things.
©2015 Patrick Bunker (P)2016 Patrick Bunker
Native American Hero
This book brings to light what Geronimo really means to all Americans. Good book.
I love to read stories about native Americans and their struggle with the expanding settlers. What they did to protect their home lands.from the invasion.
I liked her read. I thought I was listening to an older Indian female telling the story about one of the famous members of her tribe.
Get the audio book it was great! We need more books about native American Indians.
It is not the best but it was pretty good. The subject mater was more like a text book. But told in an interesting way.
Geronimo was the the only character and therefor my favorite.
What interested me most was how Geronimo was able to mix with his white jailers later in his life. And how he got along with people.
I enjoyed the audiobook very much and would recommend it to anyone interested in American history. The book is not very long but the listener will walk away with a better understanding of the life of Geronimo.
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