By J. J. Methvin
Early in 1867 Kiowa leader Many Bears paid the Mescalero Apache one mule, buffalo gowns, and a pink blanket to buy ten-year-old José Andrés Martínez. kidnapped close to his domestic in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in October 1866, he turned Many Bears's grandson, Andele. He speedy tailored to his new existence, grew to manhood one of the Kiowa, took half in Kiowa raiding events whilst he became 16, and 3 instances married Kiowa women.
Confined to a reservation in Oklahoma after 1875, Andele within the Eighties sought to reclaim his former existence and lower back to his relatives in Las Vegas. yet in 1889, feeling "his pursuits have been all pointed out with the Kiowa, and that he had discovered to like them," he again to the reservation, taught business arts on the organisation university, and aided the Kiowa in security in their lands. within the Eighteen Nineties Andele all started serving as a source to a new release of anthropologists learning Kiowa and Apache society. His captivity narrative, released in 1899 by way of the Methodist missionary J. J. Methvin, is a useful eyewitness description of Plains Indians. it really is reissued with an creation by way of ethnohistorian James F. Brooks of the college of Maryland.
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18. Census of 1790, villa of Santa Fe, p. , p. 71); and the Military Muster of Santa Fe, November 6, 1800; both in the New Mexico State Records Center, Santa Fe. 19. La Cienega census of 1821, Household #28, in the Durango Archives, Chihuahua, Mexico. This census notes Juan's age as 22. 20. Santa Fe Baptisms, Archdiocesan Archives of Santa Fe, January 20, 1819, for Paubla's baptismal information. Page 19 21. See John O. Baxter, Las Carneradas: Sheep Trade in New Mexico, 17001860 (Albuquerque, 1987).
We send forth, therefore, this new edition with the added supplement with confident expectation that the reader will find its perusal both pleasant and profitable. M. Page 25 Preface This is a volume of simple narrative without any effort at literary skill. It is not fiction, but truth; and truth is stranger than fiction. In connection with this story of the life of "Andele" among the Kiowas, much of the habits, customs, and superstitions of the Indians is given: and, indeed, no incident is related that does not set forth some phase of Indian life in its real light.
Indian raids against peripheral villages in New Mexico were commonplace, and the seizure of women, children, and livestock the likely result. Pursuit and rescue might be attempted, but all too often proved fruitless. Most Anglos in Santa Fe probably agreed with Colonel E. V. Sumner's assessment some years earlier, when he claimed that this predatory warfare has been carried on for over 200 years, between the Mexican & the Indians, quite enough time to prove that unless some change is made the war will be interminable.