(Editor’s Note from 2019: After reading my review of books I have used as resources in writing about local history in general and Apaches in particular, one of our newsletter readers, Tim Simmons, sent me an additional list from his own library. Several of these will be added to my own library soon. Thank Tim!)
I read your latest and really enjoyed it and, for the most part, agreed. But there are a lot of books about the Apaches that you may not be aware of.
Apache Medicine-Men, John G. Bourke (yes, THE John Bourke), Dover Publications, Inc., New York. This one is, obviously, about the different “medicine” and paraphernalia that Apache medicine men and women used.
Myths and Tales of the Chiricahua Apache Indians (Sources of American Indian Oral Literature), Morris Edward Opler, Bison Books. Opler is well-known among Apacheologists (I just made that word up). His book is about tales of the Chiricahuas concerning things like when the earth was new, many Coyote stories (You do know about Coyote among the Apaches, right? Supernatural beings, foolish people, etc.?)
Another woman besides Angie Debo and Eve Ball who has researched the Apaches a lot is Henrietta Stockel. Here are five of her books which I have read:
Survival of the Spirit: Chiricahua Apaches in Captivity, H. Henrietta Stockel, University of Nevada Press. This is endorsed by Dan Thrapp. This book speaks on the Apaches after 1886. From Florida to the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Very good. It is interesting to me what became of some of those Apaches who were not killed in warfare such as – Chihuahua, Naiche, Loco, Nana, Bonito, and, of course, Geronimo. Read More