Chiricahua Apache in Chihuahua, Mexico Dec 29, 2014 14:25:08 GMT -5
Post by natiza on Dec 29, 2014 14:25:08 GMT -5
A matriarch of my family lived most of her childhood in the 1880s as a slave/servant at the hacienda of a Mexican family near the city of Chihuahua, Mexico. She was recognized as one amongst numerous Apache (often referred to as "india salvaje" "niña salvaje" or "niña matagente" by Mexicans) children (mostly girls) taken captive after battles between the Mexican military and Apache warriors. She was given the name Romalia by the Catholic Church and just prior to her being married in 1894. I am trying to figure out what band of Apache she might have derived from. It makes sense that she was of the Nednhi band considering their large numeric presence in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The dates, however, also suggest that she might have been of another Chiricahua band, one of numerous women and girls who were taken captive after battles such as that at Tres Castillos in 1880. Can anyone recommend any sources that might be useful for my research? Moreover, is there much of a Nednhi presence at any of the Apache "reservations" in the U.S.? It's astonishing to me how traces of the Nednhi are so difficult to locate either in the U.S. or in Mexico.