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Apache voices : their stories of survival as told to Eve Ball
Robinson, Sherry.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xv, 272 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Lozen -- Tres castillos -- Captives -- Geronimo and the Arroyo fight -- Streeter -- Geronimo's surrender -- Geronimo and Naiche -- The impostors -- Eskiminzin -- The Apache Kid -- Massai -- Gordo and Juh -- Gold and treasure -- Cadette -- Bosque redondo -- The Mescalero Reservation -- The Apaches and Comanches -- Comanche stories -- Victorio and the Mescaleros -- The Battle of Round Mountain -- Billy the Kid -- The Apache general store -- The Apache pharmacy -- Medicine men and women -- Weapons and warfare -- Bear tales and other animal stories -- Eve Ball.
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1100 Lexile.
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E99.A6 R59 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In the 1940s and 1950s, long before historians fully accepted oral tradition as a source, Eve Ball (1890-1984) was taking down verbatim the accounts of Apache elders who had survived the army's campaigns against them in the last century. These oral histories offer new versions -- from Warm Springs, Chiricahua, Mescalero, and Lipan Apache -- of events previously known only through descriptions left by non-Indians. A high school and college teacher, Ball moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico, in 1942. After winning their confidence, Ball would ultimately interview sixty-seven Apache people.

Author Notes

Sherry Robinson is a journalist and freelance writer living in Albuquerque.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Robinson, a New Mexico journalist, has compiled previously unpublished Apache stories and reminiscences from the uncataloged papers of Eve Ball (1890-1984), which are held in the archives of Brigham Young University. Teacher and writer Ball moved to Ruidoso, NM, adjacent to the Mescalero Apache Reservation, in 1942 and began recording stories as she gained the friendship and confidence of the Apache people there. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, she conducted detailed interviews with 67 elderly Apaches. The memoirs selected by Robinson for inclusion here cover many aspects of Apache history and cultureDfrom riveting accounts of 1880s battles with the U.S. and Mexican armies to detailed descriptions of plant and animal lore. This collection provides a vivid, compelling portrait of Apache history and life as seen from the Apache perspective and is a valuable addition to the study of oral history. Highly recommended for anthropology and Native American studies collections in academic libraries.DElizabeth Salt, Otterbein Coll. Lib., Westerville, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This is an exciting book to read. It contains short "true adventure" stories (frequently tragic) as reported to Eve Ball by Apache individuals who survived the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The work centers on the Mescalero, Lipan, and Warm Springs Apache with allusions to the Comanche. Inter- and intra-group conflicts are enunciated. There are also selections about certain aspects of Apache culture. The late Ball can be considered one of the prominent collectors of Native People's oral history. Possessing a remarkable intelligence and an untiring drive, she lived a prolific life in New Mexico to the age of 94. Besides writing books and articles regarding her half-century association with the Apache people, she left a large assortment of unpublished notes and letters; from these extensive materials the author has been able to create this work. Ample recognition is given to the pitfalls of oral history. The information gleaned from this method when compared with information gathered through recognized scholarly research and other collections can lead to a better understanding and interpretation of the events of the past. The 32 pages of notes and the five-page bibliography are impressive. All levels. N. C. Greenberg; Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. IX
Introductionp. XI
Part I. The Warm Springs, Chiricahuas, and Nednhisp. 1
1. Lozenp. 3
2. Tres Castillosp. 17
3. Captivesp. 27
4. Geronimo and the Arroyo Fightp. 35
5. Streeterp. 45
6. Geronimo's Surrenderp. 49
7. Geronimo and Naichep. 55
8. The Impostorsp. 61
9. Eskiminzinp. 65
10. The Apache Kidp. 79
11. Massaip. 87
12. Gordo and Juhp. 101
13. Gold and Treasurep. 109
Part II. The Mescaleros and Lipansp. 113
14. Cadettep. 115
15. Bosque Redondop. 121
16. The Mescalero Reservationp. 125
17. The Apaches and Comanchesp. 131
18. Comanche Storiesp. 139
19. Victorio and the Mescalerosp. 145
20. The Battle of Round Mountainp. 153
21. Billy The Kidp. 159
Part III. The Apache Wayp. 163
22. The Apache General Storep. 165
23. The Apache Pharmacyp. 177
24. Medicine Men and Womenp. 181
25. Weapons and Warfarep. 187
26. Bear Tales and Other Animal Storiesp. 195
Part IV. Eve Ballp. 201
27. Eve Ballp. 203
Notesp. 221
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 261