Apache Tears - Hardcore History 20

Dan Carlin in his latest Hardcore History talks at length about the Apache Indians. I don't want to be too critical here, but if the Apache were acting like your average highwayman (OK, super average highwayman) I'm not surprised they were nearly wiped out.

You be the judge, go by the site and have a listen. Or pick up a copy of the reference works he cites, listed here. He had high praise for the works of Eve Ball, you might want to start there.

For myself, I have a passing interest in the subject. I've read Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee,

[skip the HBO film of the same name, it's a lame adaptation that tries to tell a linear story, from essentially one natives point of view. There were several scenes imposed on the storyline that were meant to assuage the guilt of the white eyes, but just end up sticking out like sore thumbs. Not a good film]

and I've read several accounts of Custer's Last Stand, one or two from the native perspective.

I have more of an interest in the architecture that the natives left behind (as you might imagine from my profile) consequently I'm more interested in Pueblo Indians than I am in nomads like the Apache.

Still, a line from a podcast I listened to recently keeps echoing in my head; lamenting that we had the misfortune to stumble across the last vestiges of a stone age culture, at a time when Western society was ill equipped to do anything other than destroy it.

So much insight into our shared history could have been gained if we had only taken the time to study the American natives, instead of pursuing the ill-advised goal of converting or killing them.

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