By J. J. Methvin
Early in 1867 Kiowa leader Many Bears paid the Mescalero Apache one mule, buffalo gowns, and a purple 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 while he grew to become 16, and 3 instances married Kiowa women.
Confined to a reservation in Oklahoma after 1875, Andele within the Eighties sought to reclaim his former lifestyles and back to his family members in Las Vegas. yet in 1889, feeling "his pursuits have been all pointed out with the Kiowa, and that he had realized to like them," he again to the reservation, taught business arts on the corporation college, and aided the Kiowa in protection in their lands. within the Eighteen Nineties Andele begun serving as a source to a new release of anthropologists learning Kiowa and Apache society. His captivity narrative, released in 1899 through the Methodist missionary J. J. Methvin, is a useful eyewitness description of Plains Indians. it's reissued with an advent by way of ethnohistorian James F. Brooks of the collage of Maryland.
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My father was a Mexican. " He turned and handed the spear to another Indian, upon whose face savage hate and cruel bloodthirstiness had plowed its furrow deep and lasting. With devilish delight gleaming in his eye he stepped forward, eyed the Mexican with eager pleasure for a moment, then suddenly springing upon him he thrust the spear entirely through his body. As the spear was withdrawn, and the blood spurted forth, the Mexican sprang forward, forced his way through the band of howling Apaches and leaped like a deer down the bluff to the creek, but ere he reached the water's edge his quivering body was filled with arrows.
When historical events are given there may be some discrepancy as to exact dates, but the actual events themselves are as related. The condition of things, as exhibited in this little volume, is fast passing away; indeed, many changes have already taken place, and the Indians are taking on gradually, but surely, a real and permanent civilization. Years of association with the Indian has increased my hopefulness for him. His salvation and his development into a permanent and substantial civilization are as bright as the promises of God.
After General Nelson Miles suppressed this last-gasp resistance on the southern plains, he transported seventy-two Kiowa and Comanche warriors to Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. Satanta remained in Texas, and took his own life in 1878, jumping from the second floor window of the State Penitentiary hospital. With their military power extinguished, Andele and his Kiowa kinspeople sought to make the best of their new conditions. In the early 1880s, Andele approached Indian Agent George Hunt and requested training as a blacksmith in the Indian Agency shop.
Andele, The Mexican-Kiowa Captive: A Story of Real Life Among the Indians by J. J. Methvin