Because Burns was unable to find a publisher during his lifetime, these firsthand accounts of history from a Native perspective remained unseen through much of the twentieth century, archived at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott. Now Gregory McNamee has brought Burns's text to life, making this extraordinary tale an accessible and compelling read. Generations after his death, Mike Burns finally gets a chance to tell his story.
This autobiography offers a missing piece of Arizona history—as one of the only Native American accounts of the Skeleton Cave Massacre—and contributes to a growing body of history from a Native perspective. It will be an indispensable tool for scholars and general readers interested in the West—specifically Arizona history, the Apache wars, and Yavapai and Apache history and lifeways.
"In the beginning the world was covered with darkness. There was no sun, no day. The perpetual night had no moon or stars." And thus begins the autobiography of Geronimo-with the history of his people.
Geronimo's My Story is one of the most unusual autobiographies you will ever read. Yes, you'll learn about the life of this legendary Apache leader. Yes, you'll learn about his battles with both Mexicans and Americans. But you will also learn about the Apache culture-how they were organized, how they raised their children, how they married, their amusements, their customs, even their unwritten laws.
In short, this book was Geronimo's chance to finally tell the world the Apache side of the story; and he knew it. But he refused to participate unless he could tell it his way, without anyone changing it. At first, Army officials refused permission for the project. Then, unexpectedly, an order came flashing down the line countermanding that decision. It came directly from the President of the United States.
In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a haunting, visionary memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice.