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Apache Warrior & Symbol of Indigenous Resistance

Geronimo was a prominent Native American leader and warrior of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, born in June 1829. He gained recognition for his resistance against European-American encroachment on Apache lands and his efforts to preserve Apache culture and sovereignty.

Geronimo's name became synonymous with fierce resistance and courage. His skillful tactics and determination made him a legendary figure in the history of Native American resistance to colonial expansion.

Although he eventually surrendered in 1886, Geronimo's legacy as a symbol of resistance and indigenous pride remains an enduring inspiration to Native American communities and beyond.

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WisdomPeaceWisdom and peace come when you start living the life the creator intended for you.

DeterminationPerseveranceRegretBraveryI should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive.

UnityCreationPurposeExistenceSpiritualityI cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.

FreedomI was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures.

CommunityReligionPrayerWe had no churches, no religious organizations, no sabbath day, no holidays, and yet we worshiped. Sometimes the whole tribe would assemble to sing and pray; sometimes a smaller number, perhaps only two or three. The songs had a few words, but were not formal. The singer would occasionally put in such words as he wished instead of the usual tone sound. Sometimes we prayed in silence; sometimes each one prayed aloud; sometimes an aged person prayed for all of us. At other times one would rise and speak to us of our duties to each other and to Usen. Our services were short.

FaithReligionLeadershipI am not ashamed to be a Christian, and I am glad to know that the President of the United States is a Christian, for without the help of the Almighty I do not think he could rightly judge in ruling so many people. I have advised all of my people who are not Christians, to study that religion, because it seems to me the best religion in enabling one to live right.

It is my land, my home, my father's land, to which I now ask to be allowed to return. I want to spend my last days there, and be buried among those mountains. If this could be I might die in peace, feeling that my people, placed in their native homes, would increase in numbers, rather than diminish as at present, and that our name would not become extinct.

НесправедливістьTrustHonorJusticeLeadershipI was no chief and never had been, but because I had been more deeply wronged than others, this honor was conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of the trust.

While living I want to live well.

TraditionPowerTransformationSpiritualityThe song that I will sing is an old song, so old that none knows who made it. It has been handed down through generations and was taught to me when I was but a little lad. It is now my own song. It belongs to me. This is a holy song (medicine-song), and great is its power. The song tells how, as I sing, I go through the air to a holy place where Yusun (The Supreme Being) will give me power to do wonderful things. I am surrounded by little clouds, and as I go through the air I change, becoming spirit only.

LossTragedyLate one afternoon when returning from town we were met by a few women and children who told us that Mexican troops from some other town had attacked our camp, killed all the warriors of the guard, captured all our ponies, secured our arms, destroyed our supplies, and killed many of our women and children.. when all were counted, I found that my aged mother, my young wife, and my three small children were among the slain.

ValueCreationPurposeExistenceWe are vanishing from the earth, yet I cannot think we are useless or else Usen would not have created us. He created all tribes of men and certainly had a righteous purpose in creating each.

GovernmentThe soldiers never explained to the government when an Indian was wronged, but reported the misdeeds of the Indians.

SpiritualityPrayerWhen a child my mother taught me the legends of our people; taught me of the sun and sky, the moon and stars, the clouds and storms. She also taught me to kneel and pray to Usen for strength, health, wisdom, and protection. We never prayed against any person, but if we had aught against any individual we ourselves took vengeance. We were taught that Usen does not care for the petty quarrels of men.

FearPowerFaithProtectionI will protect my people if I live. For myself I do not fear for I have the word of Usen. Who is the White Nantan to think he can pit his power against that of Usen?

NatureFreedomContentmentI was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I can go everywhere with a good feeling.

FreedomUpbringingI was born where there were no enclosures.

Personal GrowthReligionBeliefsComparisonSince my life as a prisoner has begun I have heard the teachings of the white man's religion, and in many respects believe it to be better than the religion of my fathers

NaturePersonal GrowthCommunityOvercoming AdversityI was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I was living peaceably when people began to speak bad of me. Now I can eat well, sleep well and be glad. I can go everywhere with a good feeling.