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An Apache Life-Way: The Economic, Social, and Religious Institutions of the Chiricahua Indians

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ISBN-10: 0803286104
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Originally published in 1941, An Apache Life-Way remains one of the most important and innovative studies of southwestern Native Americans, drawing upon a rich and invaluable body of data gathered by the ethnographer Morris Edward Opler during the 1930s. Blending the analysis of individual Apache lives with the analysis of their culture, this landmark study tells of the ceremonies, religious beliefs, social life, and economy of the Chiricahua Apache. Opler traces, in fascinating detail, how a person "becomes an Apache", beginning with conception, moving through puberty rites, marriage, and the various religious, domestic, and military duties and experiences of adulthood, and concluding with the rites and beliefs surrounding death.

About the Author

Morris Edward Opler is Professor Emeritus of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. Charles R. Kaut is Associate Professor Emeritus of anthropology at the University of Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 530 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (October 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803286104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803286108
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Opler's book is the result of lengthy interviews with informants during the early part of the Twentieth century .He has quoted many of these Apaches verbatum without editorializing thereby providing an authentic picture of the tribal lifeway during the 19th century. The reader learns not only the ethnological facts but senses the feelings, values and emotions of these people. "An Apache Lifeway" remains the most definitive source of material cited in later publications on the subject. The book is easily readable because anthropological jargon is avoided.
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I enjoyed the book; interesting way to start a book of this nature, but it made sense. Sometimes it felt as though he were being judgmental, but for the most part, I found what was written to be respectful & insightful.

I must add a note though: I asked an Apache man in his mid 50's if he knew the author. He said most of what Mr. Opler has written are lies; that he just wrote his books to make money off of the People...
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This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Apache culture. It may not have the flow of novel but that is not the intention. This book is a glimpse into the lives of the fiercest and most honorable Native Americans that ever lived...the Apache.
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