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Title: Zuni

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight

Introduction to Zuni

The Zuni, who call themselves A'shiwi, tell the story that long ago their gods cut off the peoples' tails, split the webs between their toes with stone knives, and led them from the underworld to seek their home in the center of the universe. When at...

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Title: Early Life

Source(s): Geronimo: His Own Story

Author(s): Geronimo (Author); S. M. Barrett (Oral Historian)

Famed Chiricahua Apache war chief Geronimo speaks of his childhood and how a boy becomes a warrior. As Told to S. M. Barrett.

I was born in No-doyohn Cañon, Arizona, June, 1829. In that country which lies around the headwaters of the Gila River I was reared. This range was our fatherland; among these mountains our wigwams were hidden; the scattered valleys contained our fi...

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Title: The San Carlos Apache Reservation

Source(s): The Truth about Geronimo

Author(s): Britton Davis (Author)

US Army lieutenant Britton Davis describes the terrible conditions Apaches endured at the San Carlos Reservation.

Of the five thousand Indians on the White Mountain Reservation, about four thousand were at or near the Agency at San Carlos, depending for food on the government rations doled out to them there. Some two hundred of the chiefs and principal men assem...

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Title: The Mimbres

Source(s): Whitewater Gila; Gila Descending: A Southwestern Journey

Author(s): M. H. Salmon (Author)

A contemporary reflection on the Mimbres people who once lived in Southwestern New Mexico.

They had come into these valleys as tattered bands just ages ago. They were afoot, the entirety of the forced simplicity of their lives contained in the packs on their backs. And they had, most likely, come up from the south, off the harsh deserts of...

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Title: A Tenderfoot on the Road

Source(s): Recollections of a Western Ranchman

Author(s): Captain William French (Author)

Recollections of ranching in southwestern New Mexico, near the town of Alma, 1883-1899.

The driver entertained me during the trip with stories of Indians. When he heard that I was going to Alma, he said that all that section had been raided in 1880 by the Apaches under Victorio and a number of people had been killed. On my asking if the...

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Title: Bead Springs

Source(s): Five Deer on Loco Mountain Road: People and Places on the Northern Edge of the Gila Wilderness

Author(s): Blanche M. Irving (Author)

Poem about a spring in the Gila wilderness that Apaches used to visit.

It is a spiritual experience to climb the trail and find this blue cup of water waiting. Apache warriors stopped far down the slope and laid aside their war gear; then climbed on to drop their ceremonial beads in this sun- ...

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Title: Ranch Widow

Source(s): Five Deer on Loco Mountain Road: People and Places on the Northern Edge of the Gila Wilderness

Author(s): Blanche M. Irving (Author)

Poem describing a ranch woman in the Gila wilderness area.

The wrinkles are hand-tooled in the brown leather of her face. Seventy, she can pull a calf, brand, ride all day with leathered grace.

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Title: The Saga of a Mountain Man

Source(s): Five Deer on Loco Mountain Road: People and Places on the Northern Edge of the Gila Wilderness

Author(s): Blanche M. Irving (Author)

Poem about Ben Lilly, mountain man in The Black Range area.

Old Ben Lilly was a mountain man a MOUNTAIN kind of a mountain man. He walked the Heel-er with his dogs, hunted bear and lion and sat on logs when he got tired. (in town he'd rather sit on his haunches and smell his own leat...

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Title: Retired Rancher From The Niggereet

Source(s): Five Deer on Loco Mountain Road: People and Places on the Northern Edge of the Gila Wilderness

Author(s): Blanche M. Irving (Author)

Poem about the canyons, mountains and rivers of the Gila Wilderness, and a man’s rough life there.

He has grown old with Gila country; knew it as well as any man could know it. Brought wild cattle in, took them down to winter on the Blue. Covered it all: Milligan Mountain Eagles’ Peak ...

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Title: Whitewater Gila

Source(s): Gila Descending: A Southwestern Journey

Author(s): M. H. Salmon (Author)

The author canoes down the Gila River of New Mexico and Arizona with his dog and his cat.

I hadn’t been close to a canoe or held a paddle in my hands for many years. The first thing I did was misjudge the current and was nearly swept into the pilings under the East Fork Bridge. Recovering in time (“steady all”) I waved my paddle at ...

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