Having had a lifetime interest in Native Americans, and having just read The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard, I learned many things about the Apache Indians that I wanted to share in this post. The little details are indications of Leonard’s research and knowledge. Here are some things about the Apache Indians of the Southwest that I learned:
- Unlike other warrior tribes
,,Apaches didn’t practice scalping.
- Apaches were fond of a corn beer called
- “An Apache will squat behind a bush all day to take just one shot at an enemy” (31)
- When an Apache was seen by an enemy, it’s because he wants you to see him.
- Apache wore headbands, not war bonnets.
- They would wet and over their body with sand as. camouflage.
- To be killed at night was to wander in eternal darkness.
- Mangas Coloradas was shot in the back as he lay on the ground tied hand and foot after he had accepted a white flag.
- A nagual is a man with the power to change into
There are several other insights into the Apache, so if you’re interested, I suggest you find the writings of Leonard!