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Author Ove, Robert S

Title Geronimo's kids : a teacher's lessons on the Apache reservation / Robert S. Ove and H. Henrietta Stockel
Edition 1st ed
Published College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©1997

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Description 1 online resource (xxxi, 148 pages) : illustrations
Series Elma Dill Russell Spencer series in the West and Southwest ; no. 16
Elma Dill Russell Spencer series in the West and Southwest ; no. 16
Summary Arriving on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in 1948, Robert Ove, a naive young school teacher, began his first teaching job at Whitetail, unaware of the culture and history of his Chiricahua students, descendants of the great chief Geronimo. The Chiricahuas gradually accepted this well-intentioned outsider into their community and shared parts of their history and culture with him. Living among this reminder of America's past, Ove glimpsed a way of life that few non-Indians had been allowed to know. He saw Apache mothers still carrying their infants in cradleboards, grandmothers and mothers still sewing traditional beaded buckskin dresses for their daughters' puberty ceremonies, and men still making traditional Apache bows and arrows
Through the stories of the elders, he also learned how this way of life had changed since their capture, as many of the traditional ways of the Chiricahuas were altered or lost in the ensuing decades after Geronimo's people surrendered to the U.S. Army in 1886. Decades of incarceration followed - first in Florida, then in Alabama, and finally in Oklahoma. More than half died in hot, humid prison camps because the Chiricahuas had no inborn resistance to the virulent diseases brought to North America by Europeans. Then in 1913, with fewer than three hundred left, the Chiricahuas were released and received land allotments near their last prison site, Fort Sill, or on the Mescalero Apache Reservation where Ove arrived thirty-five years later
In Geronimo's Kids, Robert Ove gives a stirring account of his life from 1948 to 1950 when he taught day school at the community on the reservation. His personal observations as well as past and recent photographs, against Henrietta Stockel's background of historical reference, help to preserve this fragment of history to give insight into those who became his students, neighbors, and friends
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-144) and index
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SUBJECT Ove, Robert S
Ove, Robert S. fast (OCoLC)fst00390255
Subject Chiricahua Indians -- New Mexico -- Whitetail -- Social life and customs
Teachers -- New Mexico -- Mescalero Indian Reservation -- Biography
HISTORY -- State & Local.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Historical.
Chiricahua Indians -- Social life and customs.
Teachers.
Ethnic & Race Studies.
Gender & Ethnic Studies.
Social Sciences.
SUBJECT Whitetail (N.M.) http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n97039018
Mescalero Indian Reservation (N.M.) http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh94002717
Subject New Mexico -- Mescalero Indian Reservation.
New Mexico -- Whitetail.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Stockel, H. Henrietta, 1938-
LC no. 97018561
ISBN 0585173591
9780585173597