Drumbeats from Mescalero
Conversations with Apache Elders, Warriors, and Horseholders
Western History - Native American Studies
6 x 9, 176 pp.
13 b&w photos. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 04/07/2011
Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest
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Drumbeats from Mescalero

Conversations with Apache Elders, Warriors, and Horseholders

H. Henrietta Stockel with Marian D. Kelley

Wisdom from the past . . . hope for the future . . .
In 1945 the hot wind from a nuclear explosion at Trinity Site on a nearby missile range raged across the Mescalero Apache Reservation in south-central New Mexico, killing hundreds of head of livestock and causing sickness among the descendants of some of the most famous Apache heroes in American history. In many ways, this disaster typified what these Apaches had come to expect from the federal government: attention was often accompanied by undesired results.

Four thousand Apaches of the Mescalero, Chiricahua, and Lipan bands now live on this reservation. In twelve remarkable oral history interviews, three generations of Mescalero, Chiricahua, and Lipan Apaches reflect on the trials of the past, the challenges of the present, and hope for the future. A common thread among all of the interviewees is a collective memory of their people as formidable enemies of the U.S. government in the not-too-distant past.

Author and ethnographer H. Henrietta Stockel has structured these interviews to encompass three groups of Mescalero Apache society: the elders, the “warriors” (middle-aged), and the “horseholders,” or young apprentices.


<au bio> H. Henrietta Stockel, an acknowledged expert on the ethnographic history of the Apache, is the author of Chiricahua Apache Women and Children: Safekeepers of the Heritage and Geronimo’s Kids: A Teacher’s Lessons on the Apache Reservation (with Robert S. Ove; both from Texas A&M University Press) as well as ten other titles. She lives in Tularosa, New Mexico, at the foot of the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

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"It offers...a remarkably clear window affording a fascinating glimpse at the sometimes funny, often sad, inspiringly evocative and often strikingly poignant world of reservation Apaches...the journey is worth the slog...this is life on the rez, and it is many things; among them, true."--Ron McCoy, Oklahoma State University


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