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Geronimo ❮BOOKS❯ ✹ Geronimo ✯ Author Joseph Bruchac – Thomashillier.co.uk Acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac weaves history and suspense into a riveting account of Geronimo's last daysHe held up his right hand to show how his third finger was bent back from being struck by a b Acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac weaves history and suspense into a riveting account of Geronimo's last daysHe held up his right hand to show how his third finger was bent back from being struck by a bullet Then he thumped his palm against his chest his shoulder his thigh touching places where bullets and knives had pierced his fleshwhere scars showed how hard it was to kill GeronimoAfter years of standing against the US government the great warrior and spiritual leader Geronimo's life is coming to an end as his grandson visits him where he is imprisoned in Fort Sill OK in .


About the Author: Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife Carol in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center New York in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood those Native roots are the ones by wh.



10 thoughts on “Geronimo

  1. Megan Knippenberg Megan Knippenberg says:

    It is evident that Bruchac really did his research The result is a novel that opens readers' eyes to some of the United State's not so pretty history Although a little difficult to follow the plot at times the dates at the beginning of the chapter along with the timeline at the end of the book are helpful Overall the book is a culturally enriching read with uniue perspective


  2. Steph Steph says:

    “They will tell stories about you as long as the wind blows through the canyons and men have memories And the land will not forget you either” BruchacFor some reason Geronimo’s stories fill my feed A previous visiting author to ISD is now researching and writing about Geronimo Her posts come into my feed And the ISD Library has a copy of Bruchac’s 2006 book Geronimo I seem to be surrounded by sign that I need to learn about this man from my home state So I check out the ISD copy and settle in for a heartbreaking and beautiful read By doing so I’ve opened up a peek into a chasm of missing information from Arizona school curriculum and American educational curriculum My levels of ignorance about my home state are staggering Reading this one fictionalized account of a young Apache who lived to tell Geronimo’s story has shown me that all the knowledge I thought was a vast uantity is only barely enough to fill a thimble I have so much reading and learning to do about the indigenous of my home state I’ve also decided to add Geronimo’s story to my National Hispanic Heritage Timeline Project Being Apache seems to be complicated for us “white eyes” The Apache nations spread across the southwest region that is now divided by the US Mexican border Prior to reading this book I was only familiar with Geronimo’s famed hideout in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona I did not know that there were several groups spread out both above and below the US Mexico border Geronimo’s nation the Deindai came from Mexico where Geronimo was born He moved to Southern Arizona because of “marriage and other circumstances” so he lived “with the Warm Springs People” 9 Were those other circumstances evasion of Mexican soldiers who would capture Indians and turn them “into a household slave or sent to work in the mines?” 62 The Apaches were stuck between a rock and a hard place Between the US Government and the Mexican Government Reading Geronimo’s story makes me aware that there aren’t too many different manifestations of oppression on American soil Everything old is new again is how I believe the cliched expression goes What Geronimo and his nation went through on American soil is not too very different from the current migration narrative playing out on the US Mexican border Geronimo his family and all the other Chiricahua Apaches were taken prisoner and forcibly migrated to prisoner of war camps in Florida Alabama and Oklahoma read for profit detention centers At a certain point in the forced migration the men were separated from the women and children Hmph Sound familiar? Women and children in the train cars in the front The Chiricahua men in the last cars And then they are purposefully split The wailing women watch helplessly as their sons fathers and husbands are taken on another track to another place The conditions for the women and children in the Florida camps were shameful Stuffed into a room No private place to wash or relieve themselves One communal bucket for bowel movements The US Military’s malicious break up of the family unit served one purpose “The Apaches are broken in spirit and humbled to the dust” a uote from General Crook yes his real name as uoted in The New York Times January 28 1890 But the breaking of the spirit did not end there Then the US government came up with a plan to assimilate the Indians Soldiers came into the women’s camp and forcibly removed the boys old enough to be sent off to boarding school in Carlisle Pennsylvania Their hair is cut Their names are changed Their language is taken from them They are christianized And they are “farmed” out as manual labor to the farmers in Pennsylvania The other slavery not written about in US educational history books But the Chiricahua children struggle in this environment They catch the “coughing sickness” and if they don’t die there in Pennsylvania they are returned to the Prisoner of War Camp in Florida and to their mothers who receive their sick bodies and prepare them for death Those who don’t catch the coughing sickness and do get returned to their families in the prisoner of war camps return with broken spirits How can one be Chiricahua without the ability to speak their prayers in their own language or perform their own rituals in their own language?Years pass and the US Government decides the Chiricahua Apaches have been humbled enough The women and small children can be reunified with their men They are put on trains and taken to AlabamaMore years pass and the US Government decides that these Chiricahua’s can receive citizen like benefits if they join the US Military and serve the United States Hmph Sound familiar? But the cost of these Prisoner of War camps is taxing to the US govt The Chiricahuas have to be discharged and by doing so they become “free” and no longer the financial responsibility of the US government The catch is that they can not return to the Prisoner of War Camps where their families are Lieutenant Allyn Capron is uoted in the Mobile Register “These discharged Apaches can no longer be held but must be sent away from the presence of the other prisoners Each has a family at the post from which they are being separated probably for all time” August 23 1894 The discharged Chiricahua Apaches return to Arizona but their families are still in Oklahoma and Alabama To be reunited with them they can reenlist in the US Military but then they surrender their freedom Many of these “freed” Apaches reenlist so they can be reunited with their families who are still prisoners of war and again become prisoners of war themselves I don’t know if my heart can handle all of these painful narratives But I do know that my home state has a county named after Cochise who fought with Geronimo and Mangas Coloradas I do feel a responsibility to be a informed resident of my home state and to know the history of Arizona The names of these two other Apaches were unknown to me before reading this book but the overlapping narratives of these men to that of Geronimo means there is a wealth of learning to do


  3. Brady Clark Brady Clark says:

    Joseph BruchacGeronimoGeronimo I think it was a pretty good book in all It was kind of hard for me to keep up with all of the events that happened in the book It was a little difficult to understand I do think the characters were very realistic though The characters in the book such as Little Foot Geronimo Martine Kayitah and Kanseah are very weirded out by the American's or White Eyes' life style I do not know any people who are like the characters in this book In the book the American soldiers are taking the Apache tribes on a trip throughout the country to try and find them a reservation Little Foot the narrator writes of his stories on this trip across the country His stories sound very cool Also when they are on their trip Little Foot tells of his stories about Geronimo They travel so far and it is a very good story to read Overall I liked the book pretty well but I definitely didn't love it


  4. Emma Emma says:

    For some reason Goodreads says this book has 240 pages but this book actually has 360 pages


  5. Shea Shea says:

    Geronimo is about the Apache Indians who were forced to move from place to place by the U S government They started in their homeland of modern day Arizona to Oklahoma Tennessee and Florida At one point a tribe in North Carolina was going to sell some of their land to give to the Apaches to have them live nearby as cousins but the government wouldn't allow it Many of the tribe's children were sent to an industrial school and died of tuberculosisThis book was written from point of view of Geronimo's nephew and it backtracked so much that I found it hard to follow It started in the middleend of their journey so I didn't get a sense of how their lives were before the government intervened The book didn't explain why the Apache were prisoners of war or why Geronimo was important to the Apache tribe People who know about Geronimo's life and journey and United State history would probably enjoy reading this book to understand the Native American Indian point of view but overall there are other books by Joe Bruchac that I like better


  6. Mackenzief Mackenzief says:

    Geronimo is a historical fiction book being told as a story from his grandson’s perspective The story being told is slow but it gets the point and information across It is a true story about Geronimo's Apache tribe is being brought to a reservation This Indian tribe is being forced off their land onto a reservation because there is gold on the land that the whites want The Apaches leader has stood against the US army and his life is coming to an end as they don't know what to do with him The Indians lives are hard Even though they have a home on the reservation they still aren't treated right they don’t receive enough of food and it’s not their home It’s also very hard without their leader His grandson tries his hardest to visit him and see him while he is still alive along with wanting to be back home


  7. Amy Amy says:

    I had a hard time getting into this book I did enjoy the historical aspect of it and the things I learned about the Apache people The storytelling narration is uite heavy and at times almost too heavy I liked the story I just wasn't 'in the mood' when I read it I had read another book by the same author and it was similar in many ways If you are looking for a good Native American fiction writer then I think Joseph Bruchac is one of the better ones But my all time favorite is Sherman Alexie


  8. Laura Laura says:

    I did not know this when I got it but this is aimed at a juvenile audience Not written like a straightforward bio it's written from the point of view of his grandson who shared experiences in captivity in Florida and Alabama So all of the timeline covers not Geronimo's life as a warrior and chief except in flashbacks or recounted stories but the entirety of his captivity as a POW So as you might guess the element of plot is a wee bit thin It is good tho at describing how life really was for the Apaches after surrender


  9. Kelsey Ellis Kelsey Ellis says:

    I loved this book The history and the point of view from the Apaches and the poor treatment they were inflicted upon was real The pain and the suffering made them all the stronger for their beliefs in a changing world I have a greater respect and under standment of the Apache background and the force of nature that made their freedoms lost all for greed


  10. Jenny Jenny says:

    In 1886 the great Chiricahau Apache leader Gironimo and his people including narrator grandson Little Foot are transfered to Florida as prisoners of war This is the factually based story of their exile to Florida and Alabama the humiliation abuse illness and hardship they endure


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