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William Chebahtah and
Nancy McGown Minor
Hardcover: 292 pages
Publisher: University of
November 01, 2007
Chevato: The Story of the Apache Warrior Who Captured Herman Lehmann|
Here is the oral history of the Apache warrior Chevato, who captured eleven-year-old Herman Lehmann
from his Texas homestead in May 1870. Born in Mexico, Chevato was a Lipan Apache whose parents had been killed in a massacre by Mexican troops.
He and his siblings fled across the Rio Grande and were taken in by the Mescalero Apaches of New Mexico.
Chevato became a shaman and was responsible for introducing the Lipan form of the peyote ritual to both the
Mescalero Apaches and later to the Comanches and the Kiowas. He went on to become one of the founders
of the Native American Church in Oklahoma.
The story of Chevato reveals important details regarding Lipan Apache shamanism and the origin and spread
of the type of peyote rituals practiced today in the Native American community. This book also provides a
rare glimpse into Lipan and Mescalero Apache life in the late nineteenth century, when the Lipans faced
annihilation and the Mescaleros faced the reservation.
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Chevato: The Story of the Apache Warrior Who Captured
Herman Lehmann (American Indian Lives)
Morris Edward Opler
Hardcover: 296 pages
Publisher: American Folk-Lore Society
Myths and Legends of the Lipan Apache Indians|
The myths and tales of this volume are of particular significance, perhaps, because
they have reference to a tribe about which there is almost no published ethnographic material.
The Lipan Apache were scattered and all but annihilated on the eve of the Southwestern reservation
period. The survivors found refuge with other groups, and, except for a brief notice by Gatshet,
they have been overlooked or neglected while investigations of numerically larger peoples have
proceeded. It is gratifying, therefore, to be able at this late date to present a fairly full
collection of Lipan folk-lore, and to be in a position to report that this collection does
much to illuminate the relations of Southern Athabaskan-speaking tribes
and the movements of aboriginal populations in the American Southwest.
Before the beginning of the 18th century the Lipan were already in the northern part of the present sate of Texas,
and were being forced
southward by hostile Comanche. By the middle of the 18th century we find them in south central Texas,
where the Spaniards sought to protect
them from their persistent enemies by the erection of the Mission of San Saba. Following the destruction of this mission, two others were
established to the south and west to administer to these Apache. They
met a like fate in 1767. In 1796 the Lipan are reported to have reached
the Gulf Coast in the vicinity of the lower Rio Grande. For the next
half century they lived on or in the vicinity of the coast and made a partial adjustment to that environment....
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