Josanie's War

Josanie's War

A Chiricahua Apache Novel

eBook - 1998
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On May 17, 1885, five small bands of Chiricahua Apaches left their camps on Turkey Creek, seventeen miles southwest of Fort Apache, Arizona, and fled the reservation. Three of these bands, led by Chihuahua, Naiche, and Geronimo, were of the old Chokonen division of the tribe. The other two bands, led by Nana and Mangas, were Chihenne, or Warm Springs, Apaches. Together they numbered 35 men, 8 boys tagged by reservation officials as capable of bearing arms, and 101 women and children. Charles F. Lummis, a journalist who accompanied General George Crook during some of his attempts to recapture or kill these Apaches, called them "the deadliest fighting handful in the calendar of man".

This is the story of the last great Apache war as told through the character of Josanie, Chihuahua's older brother and the established war captain of his Chokonen band. Clashing with much larger American and Mexican forces, Josanie's warriors terrorized parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Chihuahua, and Sonora.

Karl H. Schlesier carefully interweaves fictional chapters with historical documents -- military records, eyewitness accounts, and newspaper reports -- and Apache songs and stories. Incorporating intimate glimpses of Apache life and culture, including a recounting of the gotal, or New Life, ritual of Apache girls, Schlesier tells the dramatic story of Josanie's people and of their fight to the death for a Chiricahua homeland.

Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [1998], ©1998
ISBN: 9780585169880
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sch
Description: 1 online resource (x, 290 pages)
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)

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