By Trudy Griffin-Pierce
This e-book finds the conflicting meanings of strength held by means of the government and the Chiricahua Apaches all through their historical past of interplay. while Geronimo and Naiche, son of Cochise, surrendered in 1886, their wartime exploits got here to an finish, yet their actual conflict for survival used to be merely starting. all through their captivity in Florida, Alabama, and Oklahoma, Naiche saved alive Chiricahua non secular energy by means of embodying it in his attractive cover work of the Girl’s Puberty Ceremony—a ritual on the very center of tribal cultural lifestyles and religious strength.
This narrative is a tribute to the Chiricahua humans, who live on at the present time, regardless of army efforts to annihilate them, govt efforts to subjugate them, and social efforts to spoil their language and tradition. even though federal coverage makers delivered to endure all of the strength at their command, they did not remove Chiricahua spirit and identification nor to persuade them that their decrease prestige was once simply a part of the usual social order. Naiche, in addition to many different Chiricahuas, believed in one other type of energy. even if no longer recognized to have strength of his personal within the Apache experience, Naiche’s work express that he believed in a necessary resource of non secular energy. In a truly genuine feel, his work have been visible prayers for the continuation of the Chiricahua humans. available to members for lots of reasons, energy helped the Chiricahuas continue to exist all through their history.
In this publication, Griffin-Pierce explores Naiche’s art in the course of the lens of present anthropological thought on strength, hegemony, resistance, and subordination. As she retraces the Chiricahua odyssey in the course of 27 years of incarceration and exile by way of traveling their internment websites, she unearths how the ability was once with them all through their darkish interval. because it used to be while the Chiricahua warriors and their households struggled to stick alive, energy continues to be the centering concentration for modern Chiricahua Apaches. even if by no means allowed to come back to their loved fatherland, not just are the Chiricahua Apaches surviving this day, they're preserving their traditions alive and their tradition robust and important.
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Protected supernaturally by his Power, Child of the Waters remained untouched while his shots penetrated the four coats of stone on the Yahyeh’s chest and pierced his heart (69–70). Thus Ussen’s son conquered the enemy, making the world safe for human beings. The actions of Child of the Waters and his mother, as well as the substances and practices that they used to vanquish the Yahyeh and the other monsters and to force them to Ethnographic and Historic Background 33 be of bene¤t to humans from that time on, have been incorporated into Chiricahua ritual practices.
Introduction 9 constituted categories of meaning. Above all, individuals are not passive beings but are active agents who respond to the physical conditions that they face in the light of the possibilities created by social relations. The macro and micro levels are connected: the political economy/world system level (the macro) is deeply connected with the Foucauldian poststructuralist level (the micro). What this means is that while political and social systems at the macro level play a major role in determining events and conditions, it is essential not to forget the existential content of suffering and healing as lived events experienced by individuals.
If an under- Ethnographic and Historic Background 25 taking required more people, the leader of each local group directed his members. The documentation of Chiricahua populations at this time is problematic because there was little sustained contact with Anglo-Americans before the establishment of reservations. Social Organization Most individuals chose their marriage partners from their local group so that their families had a long acquaintance and knew that they could depend upon each other. Upon marriage, a person took on myriad responsibilities and obligations toward a new extended family, and the two families now joined by marriage were expected to support each other and to interact harmoniously.