Book, Indeh, An Apache Odyssey|
Authors: Eve Ball with Lynda A. Sanchez and Nora Henn
Indeh: An Apache Odyssey
Publisher’s Weekly described Indeh as a “masterpiece of oral history…The
Apache survivors tell a gripping story of danger and hardship, war in the Southwest, exile in Florida and Alabama,
POW life, and the return home….Not only do we get a fresh view-the Indian view-of historical events, we come
to understand and respect the Apache as a people.”
Ball interviewed more than 67 Apaches, both men and women, for their
side of the coin, their story as only they could tell it. Many were survivors of the Apache Wars and the
27 years of incarceration as POWs. She also knew several of the Lipan Apaches like the descendants of
Magoosh, Percy Bigmouth, and his father, Old Dad.
“But for Eve Ball, these sincere and graphic accounts of the Apaches’
side of the story would have been lost forever”. Dr. Donald E. Worcester, Arizona and the West.
Lynda Sánchez worked with Eve Ball for 12 years. Eve was her writing mentor.
She traveled often with Mrs. Ball to meetings, homes and special historical places to learn firsthand the history
of the region, and especially the Apache history. Sanchez is also an advocate for Veterans’ Legacy projects and
believes that a society that does not honor and protect its past has no future.
For questions about the book contact author Sánchez at 575 653-4821 or
About the Author as cited from Wild West Magazine by Candy Moulton : A passion for people and places prompted Lynda Sánchez
to join the Peace Corps as a young woman.
She worked in Colombia and explored parts of Belize and Mexico’s Sierra Madre. Returning to Washington, D.C.,
where her father worked for the National Park Service, she participated in a program that helped people in the
Latino district of the city. Sánchez later taught and became an archaeologist, a role that took her to Mesa Verde
National Park to do research. She soon married and had a daughter, but then tragically lost her husband, a wildlife
biologist, when the plane he and three others were using to count bighorn sheep in Canyonlands National Park crashed.
Sánchez took her daughter to Texas [Big Bend] to be with family, and later to Lincoln, N.M., where she again taught and worked
on historic preservation efforts. There she remarried and was soon assisting historian Eve Ball, known for her
writings on the Mescalero and Chiricahua Apaches. Sánchez and Ball became friends and co-writers. They coauthored
Indeh: An Apache Odyssey with contributor Nora Henn. Sánchez also wrote Eve Ball, Woman Among Men: A Photo Essay.
Her latest book is Apache Legends & Lore of Southern New Mexico: From the Sacred Mountain (see review). Earlier
she wrote Fort Stanton, An Illustrated History: Legacy of Honor, Tradition of Healing after working for many
years to preserve that New Mexico post. Sánchez recently spoke to Wild West about her work.