By William Chebahtah, Nancy McGown Minor
This is the oral background of the Apache warrior Chevato, who captured eleven-year-old Herman Lehmann from his Texas domicile in may perhaps 1870. Lehmann known as him “Bill Chiwat” and noted him as either his captor and his pal. Chevato presents a local American viewpoint on either the Apache and Comanche seize of kids and specifics in regards to the captivity of Lehmann identified purely to the Apache members. but the seize of Lehmann was once just one episode in Chevato’s life. Born in Mexico, Chevato was once a Lipan Apache whose mom and dad were killed in a bloodbath via Mexican troops. He and his siblings fled around the Rio Grande and have been taken in via the Mescalero Apaches of recent Mexico. Chevato grew to become a shaman and used to be liable for introducing the Lipan kind of the peyote ritual to either the Mescalero Apaches and later to the Comanches and the Kiowas. He went directly to develop into one of many founders of the local American Church in Oklahoma. The tale of Chevato unearths very important information relating to Lipan Apache shamanism and the beginning and unfold of the kind of peyote rituals practiced at the present time within the local American neighborhood. This booklet additionally offers an extraordinary glimpse into Lipan and Mescalero Apache lifestyles within the past due 19th century, whilst the Lipans confronted annihilation and the Mescaleros confronted the reservation. (20080901)
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It was hoped, however, that the raid would eliminate both the bothersome Kickapoos and the Lipans, solving the problem for both the United States and Mexico. And there the matter would end, with satisfaction on each side of the border. m. on the morning of May 17, 1873, six companies of the Fourth Cavalry, accompanied by thirty-four Seminole scouts, swept out of the brush and attacked camps containing Kickapoos and Lipans. ”10 By May 27, 1873, Gen. Sheridan informed the secretary of war, “General Augur telegraphs that the Mexicans on the border are well pleased with the punishment given the Kickapoos by Mackenzie.
C. ” Sherman ordered Mackenzie’s Fourth Cavalry to be moved back to the Rio Grande from northwest Texas. He continued: “In naming the 4th for the Rio Grande, the President is doubtless influenced by the fact that Col. ”9 By May 1873 Mackenzie had received the go-ahead from Sherman’s replacement, Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, secretly authorizing Mackenzie to cross t h e m as s ac r e at za r ag o s a the Rio Grande. Sheridan was fully aware that he was authorizing an extralegal attack. It was hoped, however, that the raid would eliminate both the bothersome Kickapoos and the Lipans, solving the problem for both the United States and Mexico.
After they had traveled about two days, they came upon a lady and a man in a buckboard wagon. The couple stopped my grandfather and asked what they were doing. I guess they were Anglos but, being close to the border, were proficient in Spanish, as my grandfather could talk to them. My grandfather told them what had happened in Zaragosa, and they were sympathetic. They asked if they could keep my grandfather’s sister, who was only a baby. My grandfather didn’t want to turn her over, but then the lady said that the child would not survive because she was so young, the land was so harsh, and they had hardly any food.