By J. J. Methvin
Early in 1867 Kiowa leader Many Bears paid the Mescalero Apache one mule, buffalo gowns, and a crimson 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 fast tailored to his new lifestyles, grew to manhood one of the Kiowa, took half in Kiowa raiding events while he became 16, and 3 occasions married Kiowa women.
Confined to a reservation in Oklahoma after 1875, Andele within the Eighteen Eighties sought to reclaim his former existence and lower back to his relatives in Las Vegas. yet in 1889, feeling "his pursuits have been all pointed out with the Kiowa, and that he had discovered to like them," he lower back to the reservation, taught business arts on the corporation university, and aided the Kiowa in security in their lands. within the Eighteen Nineties Andele started serving as a source to a new release of anthropologists learning Kiowa and Apache society. His captivity narrative, released in 1899 via the Methodist missionary J. J. Methvin, is a useful eyewitness description of Plains Indians. it's reissued with an advent via ethnohistorian James F. Brooks of the college of Maryland.
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Extra info for Andele, The Mexican-Kiowa Captive: A Story of Real Life Among the Indians
6768). Andele includes a whole chapter on Tahan, a white captive from Texas who escapes recapture and participates in the Battle of the Washita in 1868 (pp. 10 We should note as well that Mokine, with whom Andele rides on his raiding initiation, was a "Black Mexican" Page 6 captive taken in 1852, who later became protector of the sacred Taimé Sun Dance medicine bundle, and a Sun Dance assistant. 11 Captive-taking seems to have served a complex web of purposes relating to prestige, population needs, and economic incentives.
Abel, ed. The Official Correspondence of James S. C. 1915) p. 445. 3. Herman Lehmann, Nine Years Among the Indians, 18701879 J. Martin Hunter, ed. (Albuquerque, 1993); for an overview of Southern Plains Indian history in the nineteenth century, see Rupert N. Richardson, The Comanche Barrier to South Plains Settlement (Glendale, 1933); for a recent narrative history, see Stanley Noyes, Los Comanches: The Horse People, 17511845 (Albuquerque, 1993). 4. Methvin incorrectly dates this event as occurring in 1870 (p.
Captivity experiences continue to fascinate popular audiences as well as scholars. Successful films like Little Big Man (1970), The Emerald Forest (1985), Dances with Wolves (1990), and Black Robe (1991) owe some of their appeal to prominent captivity themes. Scholars increasingly see captivity tales as avenues to investigate cultural values and practices in non-Indian and native societies alike. John Demos has recently offered The Unredeemed Captive: A Fam- Page 16 ily Story from Early America, in which the captivity of Eunice Williams (170486) serves to illuminate Mohawk, French Canadian, and Puritan New England societies.