‘Like an act of God, the Apaches are not seen or heard, they are felt.’
These are the words of the cavalry soldiers who hunted them. In the rocky peaks of
the Chiricahuas, with nothing but rocks and stones, they held off the men of the
Buffalo Soldier troops.
One legend tells of a band of Apache men who were trapped on the edge of a cliff.
Rather than surrender, each warrior launched himself into the sky, plunging to the
ground far below.
When their women found them at the base of the cliff, they shed tears and cried to
the ‘Ancient Ones’. In honor of these warriors, the ‘Ancient Ones’ turned the shed
tears into black stones that are clear when held to the sun.
This is the ‘Apache Teardrop Stone’. It is a testament to the Spirit of the Apache
Warrior! In your honor, I sing.
THE TWIN SISTERS,
In the Chiricahuas, another strong-hold of the western Apache, there are two twin
Sisters who stand tall, still watching over the land. Unseen until one enters the
canyon, it is said that when the wind sings the tales of old, the Sisters can be
heard to cry gently.
It is said that they wait for the ‘One’ who will return to claim the secrets that
they keep. On that day, the ‘Old Ones’ will return and the Ways the Great Spirit
will once again be the Way of Humankind.
In that day, Nature will bloom, game will be plentiful and the waters of Earth will
be clean again.
But be careful if you seek the Sisters. If you find them, you will need to know their
names. Call out firmly and declare yourself. Then call out their names.
I dance in their Honor.
I, too, await the Return of the ‘One’.
The Native Elders of Terra of the oldest tribes agree...