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Geronimo Letter
Geronimo Letter
TitleGeronimo Letter
Date of Original1896-06-13
CreatorGeronimo, 1829-1909
Creator RoleAuthor
DescriptionThis document was written by Geronimo to Dr. A. H. De Camp. The letter contains information regarding the visit of De Camp to Fort Sill. Geronimo explains the current events of Fort Sill as well.
Subject (LCTGM)Physicians
Forts & fortifications
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America
Indians of North America - Agriculture
Indians of North America - Dance
Indians of North America - Hunting
Personal NameGeronimo, 1829-1909
De Camp, A. H.
Organization NameFort Sill (O.K.)
LocationFort Sill (O.K.)
Item NumberTRMF-122
Format of OriginalDocuments
Dimensions of Original31.5 x 39 cm
Transcription"Fort Sill, Okla. Jun. 13 1896." - Stamped part of envelope attached to top of document. "Apache Camp, Fort Sill, Okla. June 13th 1896. My friend, "The White Medicine Man" : - You better come. The Strong Chief gave it to me from his own hand. It made my heart glad to hear it. It made me happy when it told me you still knew me. Geranimo know the White Medicine Man. When he talks about know his heart is cool and not warm with anger. When my chiefs friend was here the Indians work on their houses. Now the houses are pushed away [finished] and the Indians cultivate their farms. They plant corn and sweet potatos, water melons and musk melons, onions and squash and much more. Our cattle are counts by the thousand; our horses are many - about a hundred. We are all happy and feel good. The Strong Chief has been good to us. When the Apaches are good he holds us in his hands with his fingers open - when they get mad and __ he shuts his hand. He can shut his hand very hard when he wants too. He makes the bad Indians always very good. Now he says Apache can have dance on white mans big day [July 4th] Pretty soon he go away. Indians ___ ____ ____ he came back. Indians glad. He see you and tell you about all us Apaches. He tell you many be so about Apache dance. He knows it and goes with it - pushes hand at it and says it is good thing. Makes Indians feel good. Pretty soon you come back. Maybe so catch in bear. When beans are gone Strong Chief and Capt. Scott hunt bear. You go with them. Me too. Heap good time. Strong Chief say may be so you can see him when soon comes. Indians all be glad when they see you. ___ you come again. This is all I shall say. My brother says he will send this by the mail pony. Your friend, GERONIMO. [Reply to a letter written by Dr. A. H. De Camp to "Geronimo." Interpreter: "Gooday-Gooday" Chiricahua Apache.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Image cropped slightly for scanning purposes.
Repository InstitutionTheodore Roosevelt Medora Collection
Repository CollectionTheodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Collection
Credit LineTheodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF-122)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Ordering InformationTheodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Attn: Kinley Slauter
P.O. Box 198 301 5th Street
Medora, ND 58645
(701) 623-4444
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2009-2010 NAR10-RC-10062-09
Digital IDdmTRMF122
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