By Almer N Blazer, Alton R Pruit
Until eventually the book of this quantity, Santana, one of the so much exceptional of all Apache chiefs, has been nearly unknown in recorded historical past. recognized in his early years because the so much crafty and cruel of the Mescalero leaders waging warfare opposed to the Anglo invaders, it's ironic that Santana's so much remarkable contribution relating to making peace instead of conflict. Anonymity is usually the destiny of peacemakers. Santana understood within the 1860s, prior to such a lot of his contemporaries, that the possible final results of persisted fight with the white guy was once the annihilation of his humans. spotting that he will be one of the first to die as punishment for his warlike habit, he disappeared into the mountains for eight years, till the warmth used to be off and the Army's cognizance was once concerned about a brand new new release of battle chiefs. After his reappearance, he led his fans into peace to avoid their annihilation as a humans and negotiated for them a reservation of their conventional fatherland within the Sacramento mountains of south-central New Mexico.
Santana wanted a pal from whom he may possibly know about the methods of the white global and who could intercede for him with the alien tradition. He came across that buddy in J. H. Blazer, who operated a mill, l. a. Manquina, later to turn into referred to as Blazer's Mill, at the Rio Tularoso at a domain one-half mile downstream from the present-day Mescalero enterprise. After their tension-fraught preliminary assembly in overdue 1867 or early 1868, the 2 males discovered to love and recognize each other and constructed an abiding friendship that lasted until eventually Santana's loss of life from pneumonia within the iciness of 1877. The manuscript itself includes either debts of J.H. Blazer's interactions with Santana and outlines of definite elements of Mescalero existence and tradition provided from the adventure of the writer, A.N. Blazer, son of J.H., and from tales advised him by way of his Mescalero associates, a few of whom have been contemporaries of Santana.
this isn't an instructional historical past. Any reader looking forward to such an account should be disenchanted. a few of the occasions and conversations similar herein can't be established simply because they arrive from the thoughts of people that had no written language (and who, it may be famous, had much better stories as a result). what's provided here's a very cogent account, verifiable in lots of vital details, of a outstanding guy and sure points of the Mescalero tradition which spawned and formed him.
Santana used to be a awesome guy for any age or time. spotting his personal boundaries in facing an Anglo juggernaut bent on overwhelming and destroying his tradition and his humans, he was once capable of step open air his cultural history of battle and conquest and use his unheard of talents as a tactician, negotiator and chief to discover how to shield either with no less than bloodshed. during this age of more and more violent cultural and non secular conflicts in lots of components of the area, absolutely his tale merits large acceptance.