The Truth about Geronimo

The Truth about Geronimo

The Truth about Geronimo

The Truth about Geronimo

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The origin of the name "Apache" is not positively known. These Indians themselves had no generic name for the entire Apache people. Some authorities give the names of "Tinneh," "Dinde," "Yndye," etc.; but Navaho to whom I talked denied that any such appellations applied to them. As far as I was able to get at the truth, different tribes had different names, but no general name for the entire people who spoke the Apache dialect. The Apache of San Carlos claimed that the name "Apache" had been given them by the Mexicans; and they resented its use, claiming that it was a bad word, an affront.

It is quite possible that the word is of Spanish derivation. The early Spaniards had a custom of giving names of their own invention to tribes of marked characteristics--Chiricahua, chatterer, from their incessant yelling and chattering when making an attack--Tonto, foolish, to a tribe that spoke both the Apache and Mohave languages and understood either or neither as best suited their convenience.

The Apache had a distinct method of torture for the wounded who fell into their hands. They were turned over to the women and children who amused themselves by crushing the bones of the unfortunates with rocks. There is an old Spanish word, apachurar, meaning "to crush." Apachureros de huesos--"Crushers of bones"-- shortened by time and use to "Apaches"? Well, the guess is as good as any other.

Who are the Apache? Unquestionably the descendants of migratory Mongol (Tartar) tribes of northern . . .

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