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Geronimo's Story of His Life


Book Overview: 

Geronimo’s Story of His Life is the oral life history of a legendary Apache warrior. Composed in 1905, while Geronimo was being held as a U.S. prisoner of war at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .We would practice stealing upon some object that represented an enemy, and in our childish imitation often perform the feats of war. Sometimes we would hide away from our mother to see if she could find us, and often when thus [Pg 20]concealed go to sleep and perhaps remain hidden for many hours.

When we were old enough to be of real service we went to the field with our parents: not to play, but to toil. When the crops were to be planted we broke the ground with wooden hoes. We planted the corn in straight rows, the beans among the corn, and the melons and pumpkins in irregular order over the field. We cultivated these crops as there was need.

Our field usually contained about two acres of ground. The fields were never fenced. It was common for many families to cultivate land in the same valley and share the burden of protecting the growing crops from destruction by the ponies of the tribe, or by deer and other wild animals.

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Community Reviews

The chapter on Apache myths was a nice bonus. Photographs of Native Americans in the book who are not Apaches was a little weird. No reason was given on how Geronimo got his Indian name or why people called on Saint Jerome when he attacked.

I picked this story up because of its connection to southern AZ. I’m always interested in the history of my home state. It’s an interesting mix of cultural details, autobiography, military documents, and battle details. That is partly the author’s attempt to provide a balanced narrative, and partly

An extraordinary and heartbreaking book, well worth the read

A brief account told by Geronimo

This is a very brief and somewhat self-serving account of Geronimo's life as told to S. M. Barrett, Superintendent of Education, Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1905. It is told from the Apache point of view after Geronimo had been a POW for about twenty years and had learned mu

Διαβάζοντας το συγκλονίζεσαι και μαθαίνεις.

Geronimo tells us the story of his life and the history of his people. One of the most heartbreaking books I have ever read.

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