How We Lived On It (45) – Geronimo

by A. Jay Adler on January 7, 2012
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Just over three years ago, Julia and I were present for the aftermath of a blessing ceremony – the participants and witnesses of which had been Apaches only – on the San Carlos Apache reservation. “The purpose of the ceremony,” I wrote at the time, “was to prepare the land for the installation of a memorial to be unveiled on February 17, 2009, the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Geronimo, who died in captivity, a prisoner of war, finally, for 23 years, at Fort Sills, Oklahoma, where he is buried.”

Here is the ending of episode four of the PBS documentary We Shall Remain, a history of Native Amerian “seen through native eyes.” Julia and I witnessed first hand and repeatedly how controversial Geronimo remains among Apaches. Of course, I recommend the whole episode and the entire five-part series, which can be viewed online. For now, if you have another thirteen minutes, the beginning of episode four will give some idea of how and why Geronimo became the vengeful warrior of renown.

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