Chevato: The Story of the Apache Warrior Who Captured Herman by William Chebahtah, Nancy McGown Minor

By William Chebahtah, Nancy McGown Minor

Here's the oral heritage of the Apache warrior Chevato, who captured eleven-year-old Herman Lehmann from his Texas abode in may possibly 1870. Lehmann referred to as him “Bill Chiwat” and said him as either his captor and his buddy. Chevato presents a local American viewpoint on either the Apache and Comanche seize of youngsters and specifics concerning the captivity of Lehmann recognized in simple terms to the Apache individuals. but the trap 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 through the Mescalero Apaches of latest Mexico. Chevato grew to become a shaman and used to be accountable 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 turn into one of many founders of the local American Church in Oklahoma. The tale of Chevato finds very important information relating to Lipan Apache shamanism and the starting place and unfold of the kind of peyote rituals practiced at the present time within the local American group. This booklet additionally offers a unprecedented glimpse into Lipan and Mescalero Apache existence within the past due 19th century, while the Lipans confronted annihilation and the Mescaleros confronted the reservation. (20080901)

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The Massacre at Zaragosa The Mexican government had told the Lipan in Zaragosa to convert to the Catholic Church, and the Lipan refused. Then the government told them to stop aiding the Mescalero Apaches who would raid down in Mexico. This, the Lipan refused to do. Soon, everyone was saying that the Lipan were the cause of many problems, so the government decided to take action. A march order was issued to the Mexican troops to go in and subdue the Lipan. The leader of the troops was a man named Diaz.

The Lipan went on. One of the owners of these horses, a Kickapoo, thought very much of his horses. He rolled a cigarette and went to a shaman who could tell how this was going to turn out, whether there would be trouble or whether everything would come out all right. The shaman hesitated; he was a little afraid. Then he said, “I tell the truth. You are a middle-aged man and so am I; we are not children. My power tells me that if you go out, you will have a great fight and two men will be killed.

The Lipan with the rifle was able to hold off the Kickapoo while the rest of the Lipan men escaped, but he was stabbed by a Kickapoo lance. He lay there with the lance right through him. A second Kickapoo came along and hit him on the head, for he was still moving. A third came along and took his scalp. ” Even after his scalp was taken, he was still alive. He crawled off. He got his senses back. He took the spear out and used the lance for a cane as he crawled toward the rest of his people. The one who had gotten to his bow and arrows and fought the Kickapoo [Chevato’s older brother], was overpowered and killed.

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