Life among the Apaches

Life among the Apaches John C Cremony s first encounter with the Indians of the Southwest occurred in the early s when he accompanied John R Bartlett s boundary commission surveying the United States Mexican border Som

  • Title: Life among the Apaches
  • Author: John Carey Cremony
  • ISBN: 9780803263123
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • John C Cremony s first encounter with the Indians of the Southwest occurred in the early 1850s, when he accompanied John R Bartlett s boundary commission surveying the United States Mexican border Some ten years later, as an officer of the California Volunteers, he renewed his acquaintance, particularly with the Apaches, whom he came to know as few white Americans beforJohn C Cremony s first encounter with the Indians of the Southwest occurred in the early 1850s, when he accompanied John R Bartlett s boundary commission surveying the United States Mexican border Some ten years later, as an officer of the California Volunteers, he renewed his acquaintance, particularly with the Apaches, whom he came to know as few white Americans before him had Cremony s account of his experiences, published in 1868, quickly became, and remains today, a basic source on Apache beliefs, tribal life, and fighting tactics Although its original purpose was to induce effective military suppression of the Apaches, it has all the fast paced action and excitement of a novel and the authenticity of an ethnographic and historical document.

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    1. This book combines the frontier adventures associated with living by your wits, your knife, and your six-shooter, with deep insights into the Indian character. I think it is an important book even today, because we look back with shame on the subjugation of the Indians, and we also frequently identify American Indians with the current back-to-nature/environmental movements. I remember as a kid reading books about the Apaches and wanting them to "win." It's natural, I suppose, to want to freely r [...]

    2. Great historical readI thought this account very interesting. Cremony described his actions and intent very clearly at all times. He certainly knew how to deal with a very complicated people. From our vantage point in time, it is amazing that he lived to tell the story, and that the west was ever settled. I believe that I found out how Camp Roberts California got it's name from this account. Its

    3. A true story written in 1868 that is a first hand account of a mythical part of American history. I'm really glad I found it. Straight forward, factual, and well written, it's also now among my favorite 'Westerns'. An incredible adventure.

    4. Life Among the Apaches is a first person account of two expeditions made by John Cremony into the territory in and around what is now Arizona and New Mexico in the early 1850's with the U.S. Boundary Commission (U.S. - Mexican border), and in the early 1860's with the California Volunteers (Union Army). He did not live with Apaches but was the first white man to learn the Apache language and talked with them a great deal on matters both friendly and hostile. He claims to relate only what he saw [...]

    5. Being an Apache who is always interested in learning the history of my people and the land while also living in modern day Arizona, this account breathes life into my existing knowledge of the earth surrounding me and its peoples from long ago. When I look to the east mountains, I can envision the battles and marches that took place in the Dragoons. When I look to the northeast, I feel the pains of those Apaches pushed into the region by the powerful Comanche. Each direction I turn I can feel th [...]

    6. This is an excellent book if you have more than a passing interest in the Apaches as a nation and individual characteristics. The way this country treated them was and is deplorable. The similarities between our actions as a country then and more recently in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and Iraq (to name just a few) is stunning. The observations of the U.S. Calvary officer, author of the book, were true to life and to this reader, spot on. I believe in fairness and it is about time that the United Sta [...]

    7. A very enlightening read about the western US during the time of the Apaches.This book was written in the late 1800's and tells of the war with the various tribes of the Apache. The author was an officer in the CA army and was very active in his duties. I found the book a much more authentic description of the government's ineffective handling of the countries native people. the author ended his book with his take on how it needed change and why we were so long.

    8. A must read for anyone wanting to know more about the Indian Wars and Arizona before statehood. He writes with the military saavy of special forces with the passion of a peace corps volunteer. He does not write of an "enemy" but of a highly adapted foe to the strategic reality of the geography and an interest in the local culture.

    9. ExcellentWill give you insights you will not get in school! First hand experience , until you have it you will never learn.

    10. This book is surprisingly good, if you value the opinion of an indian fighter from before and during the Civil War period. The writer had a significant experience living with and sometimes fighting alongside or against the Apache in Arizona and New Mexico regions of the U.S. Southwest. He has great respect for some aspects of the Apache character and does not lump all "indians" together in his descriptions. He sees and explains the differences between the Apache and Navajo, the Pecos, Pima, Yuma [...]

    11. When Cremony published this book in 1868, it must have been eye-opening for both the wonder and fear it produced in readers as they attempted to understand Native American cultures. Reading his views over 150 years later, it’s still eye-opening for the way it shows how the outside world of the white settlers perceived the native tribes. Moreover, Cremony provides extraordinary insight into the intelligence, resilience, and resourcefulness of the Apaches. He praises their brilliance, but then t [...]

    12. Since I was very young Indian culture has fascinated me. As I grew older I became more and more convinced that the United States and its' representatives had and has treated "Indians" in a manner which can only be described as deplorable. This book covers events that occurred around the 1850's and the author having experienced a wide variety of circumstances arrived at the same conclusion. It is a first person account. The circumstances as presented were quite unlike anything which I have person [...]

    13. Absolutely fascinating to read after lifetime of predjudiceAs a 79 yr old born and raised close by, I learned so much from this document that resides in the Smithsonian. As a child my sister was not allowed to go alone down the streets of Stafford, arizona for fear 'the apache would get her.' Have come appreciate many aspects of their character like never before.

    14. Interesting history of some of our first peoples.I had heard that the Apaches were wiley and clever and this first person narrative demonstrates how true that rumor is. An interesting, intelligent people.

    15. Some scholars believe Captain John Cremony exaggerated many of his stories, especially his narrow escapes with the Apaches; nevertheless, he writes some riveting stories. Too, his overview of the Apache warrior's way of life is fascinating.

    16. This is a great book written by a cavalry officer in the 1870's. He writes first hand accounts of his interactions with the Apache indians both in battle and later on as he talks with them on the reservations.

    17. One of the best practical guides to the tactical aspects of counter-guerrilla warfare I've ever read. Probably saved us from some tough situations. Also a well-written and interesting book about the earliest stages of US imperialism in the SW.

    18. Wonderful journalThis book started as a novelty with its formal dated language but only serves to highlight the erudite words we are missing. The story's are exciting and instructive. A real insight to the way the American Indian was treated.

    19. Excellent personal narrative and fairly timely recollections of officer in Ariz. & New Mexico. Striking stories of hardship; detailed, first-hand accounts of personalities and behavior of leading Apaches and of Apaches as a tribe. My copy is Time-Life Books reprint of 1868 ed.

    20. Being Native American this was a tough read, but it gives a lot of insight as to many people's view of Native Americans at that time.

    21. This book is chock full of info on customs, tools, food, traditions , etc. of The ApachesThe author had a pretty colorful life!!! I especially liked the methods of catching game by The Apaches

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