The Lipan Apache Tribe Community Page

Books and Articles of Interest

Written by:
William Chebahtah and
Nancy McGown Minor

Hardcover: 292 pages
Publisher: University of
Nebraska Press
November 01, 2007
ISBN-10: 0803210973
ISBN-13: 978-0803210974

Chevato: The Story of the Apache Warrior Who Captured Herman Lehmann

Book Description
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.

Order now from < Chevato: The Story of the Apache Warrior Who Captured Herman Lehmann (American Indian Lives)

Written by:
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....

Free electronic version Myths and Legends of the Lipan Apache Indians

| Copyright | Home | Contact Us | Donate | Webmaster |
Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas
P.O. Box 5218
McAllen, Texas 78502