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American Experience: Geronimo and the Apache Resistance
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For years, Apache tribes had resisted the advance of the pioneers and their threat to the traditional ways of life. But Geronimo fought the longest, becoming one of the most famous, feared and misunderstood Indian warriors in our history. Now at last, descendants of those Apaches who fought so long ago tell their story as it has never been told.
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As an example, one of the descendants who speaks in the DVD was related to one of the scouts that talked to Geronimo before Geronimo's surrender. In other versions, I've most often heard this presented as betrayal or portrayed as "Indians turning against each other." What I learned in this version was that there were at least two factions within Geronimo's own Chiricahua Apache tribe. Those who followed the chief and Geronimo, and those who no longer wanted to fight and went to live on the desolate reservation forced by the government. The views offered in this DVD explain how hard this was on the people on both sides and how they tried to work through this with each other but ended up in different places. The scouts who went to find and talk to Geronimo before his surrender were ultimately sent to the internment camp with Geronimo and his people. The descendant of the scout speaks of how this was truly betrayal by the government to the scouts, and yet how Geronimo was accepting of the scouts on the trip (which supports Joseph Bruchac's well-researched version of Geronimo as well).
I also think the psychological mindset behind Geronimo was explained more in this DVD, or the dots were connected more somehow. They spoke to how his resistance was directly related to the earlier murders of his family.
Did you know Geronimo was a medicine man and not a chief? That was a surprise for me to learn this after all I had read, this fact hadn't sunk in until I watched this DVD! Also, I'm also still amazed by the fact that a quarter of the United States army, 5,000 soldiers, were sent to hunt down the 39 of Geronimo's (and his chief's) group who were still in hiding. This DVD is full of relevant facts for history.
If you want history told from the people related to those involved (and one recording from someone who was actually there), this is the DVD for you. '
Great to hear such honesty. All red blooded americans should hear this! Ghandi that wore feathers. Very humbling to see such truth and wisdom.
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they ( the American government) took this tribe of Apache's reservation because of silver claims on the land.Read more