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The Apache Diaries: A Father-Son Journey

Goodwin, Grenville, and Neil Goodwin

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ISBN 10: 0803221754 / ISBN 13: 9780803221758
Published by University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed and signed by co-author Neil Goodwin on the dedication page: "For T-- / A good friend, best wishes / Neil Goodwin." Note that the signature of Grenville on the title page is a facsimile--he died in 1940, the year Neil was born. The book includes diary entries from Grenville's study of Apache Indians in the 1930s with Neil's more recent retracing of his father's journeys. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; dust jacket is not price-clipped. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001318

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Title: The Apache Diaries: A Father-Son Journey

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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In 1930, four decades after the surrender of Geronimo, anthropologist Grenville Goodwin headed south in search of a rumored band of "wild" Apaches in the Sierra Madre. Goodwin's journals chronicling his epic search have been edited and annotated by his son, Neil, who was born three months before his father's tragic death at the age of thirty-three. Neil Goodwin uses the journals to engage in a dialogue with the father he never knew.


In 1886, the Apache war leader Geronimo surrendered to representatives of the United States military, after having led his small band in a years-long guerrilla war against the white invaders. He and his followers were imprisoned in Florida, then later in Oklahoma. Most would never again see their forested homeland in what is now Arizona and New Mexico.

Not all of Geronimo's comrades surrendered, however. A few dozen slipped into the mountains of Mexico, from which they launched raids on Mexican ranches and villages and were in turn hunted by federal troops. Acting on reports of these Apaches' whereabouts, the American anthropologist Grenville Goodwin journeyed deep into the Sierra Madre in 1930 to find these last "wild Apaches." He found considerable evidence, including a remote camp of several stone houses and brush shelters that had apparently been abandoned just before his arrival; surely, he said later, the Apaches had been aware of his every movement.

Grenville Goodwin, who kept extensive diaries on his expedition, died of a brain tumor in 1940, at the age of 33. His filmmaker son, Neil Goodwin, reproduces excepts from those diaries here, adding an account of his own travels along his father's trail. The combined document is a fascinating, if inconclusive, exercise in scholarly detective work, rich in ethnographic information about a people that has since disappeared. Joining such books as David Roberts's Once They Moved Like the Wind and Eve Ball's In the Days of Victorio, The Diaries offers a noteworthy addition to the popular literature on Apache culture. --Gregory McNamee

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