By William Chebahtah, Nancy McGown Minor
This is the oral heritage of the Apache warrior Chevato, who captured eleven-year-old Herman Lehmann from his Texas abode in could 1870. Lehmann known as him “Bill Chiwat” and pointed out him as either his captor and his buddy. Chevato presents a local American standpoint on either the Apache and Comanche seize of youngsters and specifics in regards to the captivity of Lehmann identified basically to the Apache members. but the trap of Lehmann used to be just one episode in Chevato’s life. Born in Mexico, Chevato was once a Lipan Apache whose mom and dad have been killed in a bloodbath by way of Mexican troops. He and his siblings fled around the Rio Grande and have been taken in through the Mescalero Apaches of latest Mexico. Chevato grew to become a shaman and was once answerable for introducing the Lipan type of the peyote ritual to either the Mescalero Apaches and later to the Comanches and the Kiowas. He went directly to turn into one of many founders of the local American Church in Oklahoma. The tale of Chevato finds vital info relating to Lipan Apache shamanism and the foundation and unfold of the kind of peyote rituals practiced at the present time within the local American neighborhood. This booklet additionally presents a unprecedented glimpse into Lipan and Mescalero Apache existence within the overdue 19th century, while the Lipans confronted annihilation and the Mescaleros confronted the reservation. (20080901)
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He listened. He heard some shooting at the foot of a hill. He went there and came to a little ridge. Some mountain laurel bushes were there and Billy peered through them. Dinero Boy was out of his head. ” That’s all he remembered afterward. Then he saw someone coming, running down, and heard shooting. It was his brother coming to save him. Billy came down and started shooting at the Kickapoo. He was shooting at them from one side. He didn’t see a Kickapoo come from the other side. This Kickapoo shot and Billy went down.
Well, two of you had better come down and I’ll give you the news. ” t h e m as s ac r e at za r ag o s a But they were afraid to come down. He dismounted and talked to them from a distance of about two hundred yards. He told them about the meeting in which it had been agreed to fight the Indians. He told how he had defended them and lost because they had killed his hired man. He told them what had been decided. He told them to go to the north to a place called Rio Bonito [near Ft. Stanton, New Mexico].
Well, old man, when you see the enemy coming, you will run the fastest. ” The young man was running around; he was very much worried. Then he looked and saw the Kickapoo coming. ” The old man and his two sons [Chevato and Dinero] stood in an open place waiting for the Kickapoo. Two of them came up and got off of their horses. One, the leader, was painted black all over. The two Kickapoo advanced and the shooting began. 44, and he pulled the trigger and the black Kickapoo dropped right there.