By Dr. Trudy Griffin-Pierce, J. Jefferson Reid, Stephanie M. Whittlesey
A gripping tale of the cultural resilience of the descendants of Geronimo and Cochise. This publication unearths the conflicting meanings of strength held via the government and the Chiricahua Apaches all through their background of interplay. whilst Geronimo and Naiche, son of Cochise, surrendered in 1886, their wartime exploits got here to an finish, yet their genuine conflict for survival was once basically starting. all through their captivity in Florida, Alabama, and Oklahoma, Naiche saved alive Chiricahua non secular strength by way of embodying it in his attractive conceal work of the Girl’s Puberty Ceremony—a ritual on the very center of tribal cultural existence and religious strength. This narrative is a tribute to the Chiricahua humans, who live on this day, regardless of army efforts to annihilate them, executive efforts to subjugate them, and social efforts to damage their language and tradition. even though federal coverage makers delivered to endure all of the energy at their command, they did not remove Chiricahua spirit and identification nor to persuade them that their decrease prestige used to be simply a part of the traditional social order. Naiche, besides many different Chiricahuas, believed in one other form of strength. even though now not recognized to have energy of his personal within the Apache feel, Naiche’s work express that he believed in a necessary resource of religious energy. In a truly actual experience, his work have been visible prayers for the continuation of the Chiricahua humans. obtainable to participants for lots of reasons, energy helped the Chiricahuas live on all through their history. during this ebook, Griffin-Pierce explores Naiche’s art in the course of the lens of present anthropological thought on energy, hegemony, resistance, and subordination. As she retraces the Chiricahua odyssey in the course of 27 years of incarceration and exile by means of traveling their internment websites, she unearths how the facility was once with them all through their darkish interval. because it used to be whilst the Chiricahua warriors and their households struggled to stick alive, strength continues to be the centering concentration for modern Chiricahua Apaches. even though by no means allowed to come back to their cherished fatherland, not just are the Chiricahua Apaches surviving this day, they're conserving their traditions alive and their tradition powerful and important.