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Apache Legends and Lore of Southern New Mexico, From the Sacred Mountain


by Lynda A. Sanchez

Storytelling has been a vital and vivid tradition in Apache Life. Coyote tales, the creation legend and stories of historic battles with Comanche and Anglo intruders create a colorful mosaic of tribal heritage.  Percy Bigmouth, a prominent oral historian of the Mescalero and Lipan Apache tribes, realized in the early twentieth century that the old ways were waning.  He wrote in longhand what he learned from his father, Scout Bigmouth, a Fort Sumner prison camp survivor, and a participant in the Apache Wars.  Join author Lynda Sanchez as she brings to light the ancient legends and lore of the Apaches living in the shadow of  Mescalero's Sacred Mountain.  Seventy-five years in the making, this collection is a loving tribute to a way of life nearly lost to history.

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