By James L. Haley
Apaches: A background and tradition Portrait, James L. Haley’s dramatic saga of the Apaches’ doomed guerrilla struggle opposed to the whites, was once an intensive departure from the strategy by way of past histories of white-native clash. Arguing that "you can't comprehend the heritage except the culture," Haley first discusses the "life-way" of the Apaches - their mythology and folklore (including the recognized Coyote series), non secular customs, daily life, and social mores. Haley then explores the tumultuous many years of alternate and treaty and of betrayal and bloodshed that preceded the Apaches’ ultimate army defeat in 1886. He emphasizes figures that performed a decisive function within the clash: Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Geronimo at the one hand, and Royal Whitman, George criminal, and John Clum at the different.
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He just said it. "Well, all right," said Badger. "I guess I am pretty tired," and he gave the sack to Coyote and they walked along. Pretty soon Badger had to defecate. "I'm going over there a minute," he said. " He opened the sack right there and Night escaped. It was dark all over, very dark so that you could hardly see anything. The creatures that were pleased with having night were the four-legged animals; most in favor of it were predators and those of evil power, like Bear and Snake, and also Owl-man Giant and other monsters that don't exist anymore.
11 That the tremendous chunk of geography described was the Apache homeland, Apachería, is a fact much more settled than the question of how they got there. Linguistically, they were of the ancient Athapascan stock, and there is a general agreement that the beginning point of their migration lay in the Pacific Northwest, in the wooded valleys of the Mackenzie and Yukon rivers. From here, however, the unanswerable questions deepen the Apache mystery: why did they leave, and when, and by what route did they arrive in the mountain-wrinkled deserts of the Southwest?
Then they went after the others. Before they could kill all the night creatures some of them, like Owl and Snake, escaped, and still live today. The animals they killed do not live on the earth anymore. But some of them got away. Therefore, Night still exists for a time, and it is full of danger for the day birds and good animals. 3 Sun is as huge as a mountain. Moon is as big and bright as Sun, but Night interferes with it. Once in a while Sun or Moon will go into the sky and the world is very dark.