Apache Voices: Their Stories of Survival as Told to Eve Ball

By Eve Ball; Sherry Robinson | Go to book overview

TWENTY FIVE Weapons and Warfare

"The Indians say the Lord gave the Indians bows and arrows but to the White Eyes he gave a shovel." 1

Consummate warriors, Apaches were deadly with their traditional weapons-- the bow and arrow, knife, slingshot, and lance. (Apaches never used a hatchet.) When the opportunity presented itself, they lost no time adopting new materials and later, new weapons.

The wooden bow was both weapon and work of art, strengthened with layers of carefully layered sinew.

"Our local wood is used for bows," said Percy Big Mouth. "Oak is good at first but does not last long. It does not hold up in shooting. The best wood is the wild mulberry that grows cast of the Pajarito and in the malpais [volcanic badlands near the Mescalero reservation]. It makes a good bow that lasts. Locust is strong, so is bow d'arc but we do not have it here. They use the sinew of a beef or deer.... The sinew comes from the tenderloin or sirloin, parallel the backbone. The arrow also is wrapped with sinew.

"The long bow is spliced--lapped and pinned together and the splice covered with leather.... The bow string would surely sting the wrist so they made bow guards of leather, used rawhide. Really old-timers made a small groove to give it a straight go."' 2

"My father made arrows.... He used mountain ash for the bow," said Eustace Fatty. "It is not easily broken. The arrow, a brush that grows on the plain, small like cedar but is bigger. Must be straight stick." 3

-187-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Apache Voices: Their Stories of Survival as Told to Eve Ball
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page III
  • Contents VII
  • Acknowledgments IX
  • Introduction XI
  • Part 1. The Warm Springs, Chiricahuas, and Nednhis 1
  • One Lozen 3
  • Two Tres Castillos 17
  • Three Captives 27
  • Four Geronimo and the Arroyo Fight 35
  • Five Streeter 45
  • Six Geronimo's Surrender 49
  • Seven Geronimo and Naiche 55
  • Eight the Impostors 61
  • Nine Eskiminzin 65
  • Ten the Apache Kid 79
  • Eleven Massai 87
  • Twelve Gordo and Juh 101
  • Thirteen Gold and Treasure 109
  • Part II. The Mescaleros and Lipans 113
  • Fourteen Cadette 115
  • Fifteen Bosque Redondo 121
  • Sixteen the Mescalero Reservation 125
  • Seventeen the Apaches and Comanches 131
  • Eighteen Comanche Stories 139
  • Nineteen Victorio and the Mescaleros 145
  • Twenty the Battle of Round Mountain 153
  • Twenty One Billy the Kid 159
  • Part III. The Apache Way 163
  • Twenty Two the Apache General Store 165
  • Twenty Three the Apache Pharmacy 177
  • Twenty Four Medicine Men and Women 181
  • Twenty Five Weapons and Warfare 187
  • Twenty Six Bear Tales and Other Animal Stories 195
  • Part IV. Eve Ball 201
  • Twenty Seven Eve Ball 203
  • Notes 221
  • Bibliography 255
  • Index 261
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 274

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.