Awesome book Tells the story of the Apache wars and the waning days of their society, including specifics on Cochise, Geronimo, and Victorio Cochise and Geronimo were Chiricahua Apache and it was interesting how the American Cavalry were never able to capture a single Chiricahua without the help of other Apache tribe members. This is a well written book and a collective biography, full of little known nuggets like this one about Nana s Raid in 1881 Of all the extraordinary deeds of war ever performed by the Chiricahuas, this was arguably the most brilliant The summary statistics only hint at the intensity and perfection of Nana s wild campaign In two months, the chief and some fifteen warriors rode three thousand miles an average of fifty miles a day They fought seven serious battles with cavalry, winning every one, and attacked than a dozen towns and ranches With one thousand soldiers and another three to four hundred civilians chasing them, the warriors escaped every trap During those two months they killed at least thirty five of their enemy, wounded many , and captured than two hundred horses and mules Their own casualties are uncertain, but not a single dead or wounded Apache was found by any of the pursuing horde All this, with a relative handful of warriors under the leadership of a lame footed chief some seventy five years old Using First Person Accounts In Historical Archives, David Roberts Presents Many Sides Of The Indian Rebellion That Began In The Mid S Here Is The Epic And Tragic Story Of Indian Heroes Men And Women Fighting For Their Land, Their Lives, And Their Freedom Pages Of Photographs I love this book because it fulfilled none of my expectations I thought it would be like every other book on Native American history I ve read see below , but instead it was nuanced, balanced, well researched, and well sourced It was also a very accessible read.I love history, but I am really uncomfortable with cultural appropriation I feel like there s this colonial white guilt tendency to see certain historical or visual or religions aspects of other cultures through this sort of rose colored lens, and the result is a lot of white people whose ancestors than likely perpetuated in human rights abuses, at the worst, or cultural erasure, at best who like to romanticize or make playthings of cultures that have historically been oppressed by white people This really bothers me I feel like first off, no person or culture is wholly good or wholly evil Every person and culture has awesome, admirable aspects and disturbing, horrific aspects to them To romanticize and diminish the impact of any aspect of what makes a person a person or a culture a culture is to participate in a sort of modern form of erasure, distilling a complex history down into a one dimensional mythology.Second, I feel like the tendency of white people to adopt the religious and visual aspects of cultures that have been historically repressed by them and to romanticize the history of these cultures comes out of a sort of self flagellating repentance focused on apologizing defending the past than on addressing preventing similar behavior in the present and future I think that white people are denying the dark and painful parts of their own ancestral history and turning to other cultures, but in doing so are choosing to strip out the dark and painful of those histories in order to justify turning their back on their own ancestry.What this all comes down to is that I have tended to avoid reading histories of Native American tribes in the U.S The histories I was provided in my youth via public education really bothered me, because they all followed the same dual theme The overlying theme was that what pioneers did to the Native Americans was an awful historical travesty that should never be repeated The underlying theme was that this travesty of human nature was unfortunately necessary because the Indians would not let the settlers live in peace and kept attacking these poor white women and children As I entered my teens, a third narrative began to occasionally show up, woven into these other two narratives this narrative was that the local Native American tribes had been peaceful, intelligent people who lived in a state of communion with nature and had a natural ken of the world which exceeded white knowledge Each of these narratives whether together or apart are short sighted and limiting They present one dimensional views of a savage , natural people whose fall, in the face of advancing industrialization via white settlers, was inevitable Always, the Native American communities are spoken of in the past tense, as people that were, historical issues, and long past battles There was no discussion in those books of how the past effects the current situation of Native Americans There was no discussion of modern tribal issues, or the legalities constructing things like, what determines a tribe, or what rights a sovereign nation has, or how are tribal funds managed today After a while, I got tired of the brief, one dimensional histories, with narratives like, Once TRIBE lived freely on this land and lived in peace with the salmon and the otter Then the white settlers came and encroached on TRIBES sacred lands TRIBE went to meet with the leaders of the settlers to ask them to stop, but there was a misunderstanding that led to a massacre, and after several skirmishes the U.S government put TRIBE onto a reservation for their own safety and the safety of the settlers That s so reductive and dismissive and useless It doesn t go into the human element of it at all, let alone the legal, social, and political conversations that influenced said human elements It doesn t discuss resistances or broken treaties or acts of outrage or rebellion It s just surface, written from the distance of history and the lens of the privileged party Once They Moved Like the Wind sidesteps that lack of nuance to provide a fully realized and complex snapshot of an historical moment, where the mistakes and heroisms of all parties are examined honestly. Movingly written, a testament to the misunderstandings that resulted in the brutal Apache wars The Apache leaders were remarkable and well drawn Fascinating how they had to deal with good policy bad policy from the Americans and how that could change in a moment A good read if you want to understand the times. David Roberts admires the Apaches, especially their chiefs, Cochise and Geronimo but especially the wily and courageous Cochise His book is a valuable document for anyone interested in Southwest history, since he gives a detailed overview of Apache activities and the Apache Wars during the 19th century My only reservation is that Roberts is too favorable, although he also describes Apache atrocities I learned a lot from him, and you can, too If you feel like torturing yourself reading a beautifully written story about the end days of Apache civilization then this is the book for you Absolutely unforgettable characters throughout this book. De abusos y desencuentros G nero Historia.Lo que nos cuenta Relato de la incomprensi n entre el hombre blanco y los apaches chiricahuas que desemboc en uno de los episodios de las Guerras Indias de 25 a os de duraci n, con diferentes tragedias, combates, muertes, masacres y desplazamientos, que nos sumerge en las pocas y conflictivas fuentes sobre los diferentes eventos de dicho periodo de finales del siglo XIX en los amplios territorios de los alrededores de Arizona, M xico y Nuevo M xico Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite A very detailed but readable account of the Apache wars The author must have a done an incredible research job It s amazing to think Geronimo and his tiny band of just thirty four including women and children could avoid capture for so long and it took 5,000 US soldiers and a similar number of Mexican troops to finally track them down As Buffe Sainte Marie sang in Now that the buffalo are gone even when Germany was defeated in the world wars of the last century they were allowed to keep their land but not so Native American tribes The final injustice was to lie to the Apache that they could rejoin their families in exile in Florida only for the men to be kept separate from them for several years and for their children to be sent north away from both parents for schooling Though since there was great pressure from the settlers in Arizona, who had helped themselves to the Apache s land, to exterminate all of them, it was something of an achievement by the standards of the day that they weren t all executed and those who survived long enough were eventually allowed to settle in Indian territory in modern day Oklahoma. An excellent, well researched, well presented book detailing the plight of the Apache people It tells of atrocities committed by Apache, Mexican and White American, but the Native American was always regarded as the primary instigator It also reveals the lies, betrayal, deceit, and treachery committed in attempting to purge the west of the Apache people The ability of the Apache to evade their hunters for so long was astounding, a mark of their ingenuity, perseverance and determination to survive If you re interested in the history of the Native American, especially the Apache people, I would heartily recommend this book.
See this thread for information. David Roberts is the award winning author of twenty nine books about mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology His most recent publication, Alone on the Wall, was written with world class rock climber Alex Honnold, whose historic feats were featured in the film Free Solo.
- 368 pages
- Once They Moved Like The Wind : Cochise, Geronimo, And The Apache Wars
- David Roberts
- 14 June 2019 David Roberts