“Who can exhaust a man? Who knows a man’s resources?”
Geronimo (Goyahkla) was born on June 16th 1829 near the Gila River, Bedonkohe, under Mexican occupation. We celebrate the amazing life today of this most feared and fierce Apache warrior.
Geronimo was a naturally gifted hunter, who, the legend goes, as a boy he swallowed the heart
of his first kill in order to ensure a life of success on the hunt.
To the Apache tribe, Geronimo (Goyahkla) was the essence of the best and most skilled Indian warriors,
he was fearless, clever, ruthless, and honorable as a man of his word. Geronimo (Goyahkla) proved
time and time again that he was the most famous Apache warrior of them all, this feeling was even known among white men.
General Nelson A. Miles wrote in his diary the following about Geronimo:
“He was one of the brightest, most resolute, determined-looking man I have ever encountered.
He had the clearest, sharpest dark eye I think I have ever seen, unless it was that of General Sherman.”– General Nelson A. Miles
At the tender age of seventeen Geronimo (Goyahkla) fell in love with a very beautiful Apache girl
named Alope. The two young teenagers were married and had three children together.
One day while out on a trading trip, Mexican soldiers attacked the camp where Geronimo’s (Goyahkla)
family were set up. Geronimo’s (Goyahkla) mother, wife and children were all killed in the attack.
Geronimo (Goyahkla) was enraged and he rounded up two hundred Apache warriors and for the next ten years of his life he hunted down and killed each Mexican soldier who had a hand in the killing of his family.
U.S. Paratroopers of World War II saw the movie GERONIMO the night before mass training jumps and as they fell from the sky, they all shouted G-E-R-O-N-I-M-O!
The actual name Geronimo was given to him by the Mexican Army because in a holiday battle
Geronimo (Goyahkla) vanquished the Mexican Army on their most famous holiday,
St. Geronimo Day, which is like America’s Fourth of July holiday.
His tribal name was and is GO-YAH-KLA.
Geronimo died on February 17th, 1909 and his grave is at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Resources for this article:
My Grandmother, Apache Indian
Survival of the Spirit
by University of Nevada Press
Geronimo The End of the Apache War
by Charles Leland Sonnichsen
You can watch Oscar Micheaux Films @ YouTube.