Geronimo: My Life

Geronimo My Life In this one of Native American history s most extraordinary documents a legendary warrior and shaman recounts the beliefs and customs of his people Completely and utterly authentic its captivating

  • Title: Geronimo: My Life
  • Author: Geronimo S.M. Barrett
  • ISBN: 9780486443638
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • Geronimo: My Life

    In this, one of Native American history s most extraordinary documents, a legendary warrior and shaman recounts the beliefs and customs of his people Completely and utterly authentic, its captivating narrator is the most famous member of the Apache tribe Geronimo.The spiritual and intellectual leader of the American Indians who defended their land from both Mexico and thIn this, one of Native American history s most extraordinary documents, a legendary warrior and shaman recounts the beliefs and customs of his people Completely and utterly authentic, its captivating narrator is the most famous member of the Apache tribe Geronimo.The spiritual and intellectual leader of the American Indians who defended their land from both Mexico and the United States for many years, Geronimo surrendered in 1886 Two decades later, while under arrest, he told his story through a native interpreter to S M Barrett, an Oklahoma school superintendent Barrett explains in his introduction, I wrote to President Roosevelt that here was an old Indian who had been held a prisoner of war for twenty years and had never been given a chance to tell his side of the story, and asked that Geronimo be granted permission to tell for publication, in his own way, the story of his life This remarkable testament is the result It begins with Geronimo s retelling of an Apache creation myth and his descriptions of his youth and family He explains his military tactics as well as traditional practices, including hunting and religious rituals, and reflects upon his hope for the survival of his people and their culture.

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    1. Debbie Zapata

      This edition of Geronimo's life story has a fascinating introduction by Frederick Turner that provides background not only for Geronimo's life, but for the shameful attitudes held by the white man towards the Apache and other Native Americans. Geronimo was only convinced to share his life story after hearing that then-President Theodore Roosevelt approved of S. M. Barrett's idea. Barrett had met Geronimo and become friends with him during the warrior's captivity at Fort Sill Oklahoma, where he s [...]

    2. Vaishali

      A surprising account whose highlight is Geronimo's early childhood -- told with such enchantment, you're transported to an idyllic ancient age when our ancestors roamed the pristine earth, just and true. Wow.Rated 3 stars because the narrative's bulk is repetitive and boring : shoot-Mexicans-and-steal-supplies stuff. I realize he was a warrior, but more details about his multiple wives would have made a more fascinating book. :)Gleaned facts:-----------** Geronimo was a POW for 20 years** He ded [...]

    3. Amle

      I would not read this as an autobiography but as a statement and witness of events from a prisoner to his capturer. Reading this feels like we get to sit next to this old man, his wrinkled face still emanates great power and his presence inspires respect to those near him. We can almost hear him speak right next to us with a gruff voice in a language we don't understand and the interpreter is sitting there right next to us, almost just as spellbound as we are. This is a historical document about [...]

    4. Jon(athan) Nakapalau

      Geronimo tells us the story of his life and the history of his people. One of the most heartbreaking books I have ever read.

    5. Jocelyn

      There is so much going on in Geronimo's story, including his telling it to his second cousin who then interpreted it to Barrett, the photograph of the three of them with Geronimo in a headdress and Barrett intently writing everything down, and Geronimo's dedication to Teddy Roosevelt.I was moved by Frederick W. Turner's introduction to the 1970 edition. "Out of the eyes of that incorruptible Chiricahua leader glares a challenge to our cherished notions of ourselves, of Western Civilization, and [...]

    6. Christopher

      Original source history, both sides. Intensely fascinating (even if the final surrender was detailed in such an anticlimactic manner).

    7. Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch

      Excellent commentary on the occupation and cyclical violence thus engendered.The entirety of the 1906 edition can be downloded at:ibiblio/ebooks/GeronimFrom S. M. Barrett's Introduction:On June 2d, 1906, I transmitted the complete manuscript to the War Department. The following quotation is from the letter of transmission:“In accordance with endorsement number eight of the ‘Brief’ submitted to me by the commanding officer of Fort Sill, which endorsement constituted the instructions of the [...]

    8. Brad

      Memoirs told largely in the words of Geronimo himself with the help of a trusted Indian translator. As a result, the reading and syntax are simple making for quick reading. Geronimo's memoirs open with the Apache account of the beginning of the world, which involves one divine creator named Ussen. The number four figures prominently in the Apache creation account and becomes personally important for Geronimo as he is the fourth of a family of four girls and four boys. It's a sign of his destiny. [...]

    9. Martin

      I wrote a short piece on Geronimo on my Blog The Evitable, (theevitable)which was based on a close reading of a couple of chapters and a skim of some of the rest, but I'm now reading it through, having bought a copy second hand at a church book sale last week along with a biography of Tecumseh I plan to read soon as well. I read about him first because a columnist in a Toronto paper, in passing, referred to him as a 'futile intifadist' who was implacable in refusing to accomodate himself to the [...]

    10. Greg

      I didn't know much about Geronimo going into this, and I found it to be a very fascinating record of an era gone by. Throughout the book there are moments of commentary and notes from the US captors and facilitators of the project. It is really unlike any other book I've read, and while there is certainly an autobiographical element to it I see it more as a bearing witness of an age and time that will never exist again. We need more literature like this. While I know Geronimo wasn't perfect, it [...]

    11. Kaj Samuelsson

      What a story! The life of Geronimo told by himself. Told in a very matter of fact fashion and very interesting, not dry, but very alive. And he became a Christian in old age.

    12. Gregg

      I would expect the translator to make this less choppy and easier to understand while preserving the original meaning and intent. This translation falls short.

    13. Dayla

      Geronimo's story was written by a man who is incredibly brave and drastically ill informed. Having read most recently the wars between Henry II and Louis VII during the 11th century, the Apache Wars indicate an agreement among warriors that the enemy must be killed. However, Geronimo can break your heart when he describes an encounter with an Army Sergeant, who has already lied to him once--pointing this out to the sergeant. Geronimo initially fought soldiers from Mexico, most especially, after [...]

    14. Tiffany

      I think the biggest hindrance in the audiobook version is that the narrator read it in a very stereotypical cadence of the stilted "Indian". I've obviously heard of Geronimo my whole life and had visited the jail in Lawton where he was held but didn't know much about him. Now I know a little bit more.

    15. Huleeta Smith

      Great insight into the life of the Indian from their viewpointVery well presented account of life from the viewpoint of on old chief who lived it. We probably have a more accurate telling of history from this than the one sided stories in our history books that slant toward our government. An excellent opportunity to see another side of our history. Highly recommend.

    16. Tasos Koutsovasilis

      Οι μάχες των λευκών με τους ιθαγενείς πληθυσμούς της Αμερικής από την πλευρά του διάσημου Ινδιάνου Τζερόνιμο. Περίμενα να μάθω περισσότερα πράγματα από αυτά που έχουμε όλοι δει στις ταινίες.

    17. Donald Canaday

      Excellent read from the man's own words. Be warned. Geronimo and the Apache's are real, not the Indians you see in movies, TV, or learned about in school.

    18. Matthew Leroe

      “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."

    19. Μανώλης Αποστολάκης

      The best thing in this book, apart from Geronimo's narration, is Frederic Turner's introduction.

    20. Eoghan Hickey

      A grim little book. Geronimo didn’t like the Mexicans of his day. He wanted to go home but was kept captive for the later part of his life. The government treated him poorly, lied to him, and there is a lot of violence throughout. Not sure how accurate any of this book is if I’m honest. He really didn’t like Mexicans. I know I’m stating this twice, but it bears repeating. He seems to give out about them every second sentence.

    21. Barakiel

      This was a very interesting read. I do not know much about American history, but the conflict between Cowboys and Indians are, of course, famous and therefor I was interested to see the Indian perspective (especially since there are parallels with South African history). This book provides that perspective and more. The author made an effort to corroborate Geronimo's assertions where possible.Pros:1. I enjoyed the story of the war between the Birds and Beasts, which leads to the origin of the Ap [...]

    22. Mon Maryum

      I highly suggest you watch this ridiculous episode of Tom & Jerry to understand the how history is taught in America about Columbus "discovering" America and how the battle between Red Indians and the Europeans with guns is depicted-youtube/watch?v=9mqwYOf course the video shows only Indians being criminals.I generally prefer memoirs that make me feel more emotions than feel simply enlightened, and this book failed to make me feel much! :( But I am glad to learn a few things which I will sum [...]

    23. Karl

      Roughly rendered from first hand reports from Geronimo himself, this narrative provides a vital description of the Apache experience as their livelihood became hemmed in on all sides but cowboys and settlers, and by both the US and Mexican governments. I am ashamed to admit that much of my impression of that time is based on the westerns of my childhood - movies with little claim on accuracy except maybe to hint at the raw fear that clouded how much of our country' relations with with so many of [...]

    24. Alexander Anderson

      Recently, I re-listened to the audio version of this book narrated by Pat Bottino, who did a reasonably competent job of reading this work and providing some authenticity with his narration. It's good and worth listening to, for several reasons, none of them sentimental.The autobiography itself was originally dictated, I believe, in Spanish and then translated and transcribed into English while Geronimo was imprisoned at Fort Sill, OK. This location was of particular interest to me as I spent 6 [...]

    25. Asim Qureshi

      Due to my own lack of reading around Native American/First Peoples, my only real encounter with literature on the subject has ben Cooper's 'Last of the Mohican's'. After recommendations from a few friends I decided to read the life story of the Apache warrior and leader Geronimo who was born in 1829. At this time, American presence and culture was firmly established in North America, and so perhaps it was not my best starting point to learn more about a culture that has largely been decimated. O [...]

    26. V Dixon

      Sometimes I wonder: did he want to say more? Where in the process did he lose his fighting spirit? Would Cochise, Victorious, Lozen, Mangus and the other warriors have been ok with his endingThe good thing about reading this book is you are hearing the warrior Geronimo's perspective which is a welcome change. Where has that fierce fighting spirit gone? I wish he had died a warrior's death instead of becoming ill as the result of getting drunk and falling asleep in the rain and not being discover [...]

    27. Will

      I remember the Wes Studi movie with some fondness, although I don't think it's survived time terribly well, so when I was searching for a biography by which to put my wife to sleep, I thought, hmm, an interesting Native American biography might be a nice switchup from the mostly Anglo-Europeans we've been reading for her pre-snore sleep-induction - yes, I read my wife bedtime stories, so she can get to sleep before I do. However, this biography while Genonimo's own story, seems lacking in detail [...]

    28. Jerry

      Superb book! First and foremost it is a story of a great man, who believed he had been done wrong by first Mexicans and then Americans. He developed a hatred for Mexicans because of what was done to him and his family. He went to war with The US, but always had respect for our government and way of life. Later in life Geronimo because a Christian. This I did not know. In reading this book, we see through Geronimo's eyes the ways of his people. To the average American, this would be a hard life, [...]

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