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Don't Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life (1860-1975)


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When the Apache wars ended in the late nineteenth century, a harsh and harrowing time began for the Western Apache people. Living under the authority of nervous Indian agents, pitiless government-school officials, and menacing mounted police, they knew that resistance to American authority would be foolish. But some Apache families did resist in the most basic way they could: they resolved to endure. Although Apache history has inspired numerous works by non-Indian authors, Apache people themselves have been reluctant to comment at length on their own past. Eva Tulene Watt, born in 1913, now shares the story of her family from the time of the Apache wars to the modern era. Her narrative presents a view of history that differs fundamentally from conventional approaches, which have almost nothing to say about the daily lives of Apache men and women, their values and social practices, and the singular abilities that enabled them to survive. In a voice that is spare, factual, and unflinchingly direct, Mrs. Watt reveals how the Western Apaches carried on in the face of poverty, hardship, and disease. Her interpretation of her peoples past is a diverse assemblage of recounted events, biographical sketches, and cultural descriptions that bring to life a vanished time and the men and women who lived it to the fullest. We share her and her familys travels and troubles. We learn how the Apache people struggled daily to find work, shelter, food, health, laughter, solace, and everything else that people in any community seek. Richly illustrated with more than 50 photographs, Dont Let the Sun Step Over You is a rare and remarkable book that affords a view of the past that few have seen before—a wholly Apache view, unsettling yet uplifting, which weighs upon the mind and educates the heart.

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"If you don't listen, you won't learn." This Watt learned from her mother, and this she continues in this account of over a hundred years of her family's life. Unlike most histories of the Native Americans, this one contains the Native Americans themselves, in this case Watts's White Mountain Apache family who endure hunger, pain, and hatred unto death. Watt speaks plainly about their experiences and her own, and also makes it clear why she believes they survived at all: they had each other, and they had their identity as Apache. Her account arose from five years of conversations, born of Watts's conviction that others could learn from her, as she did from others. The volume includes a genealogical chart, notes, and glossary.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

Basso, Keith H.
University of Arizona Press
Basso, Keith H.
Watt, Eva Tulene
Basso, Keith
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Native Americans
White Mountain Apache Indians.
Personal Memoirs
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
White Mountain Apache women
Apache, Biography
Biography-Native Americans
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Series Volume:
no. 2
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Grade Level:
9 x 6 in

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