|Plot Summary of Geronimo: His Own Story|
|"Geronimo, born Goyathlay, was an Apache medicine man and warrior.
Born in what is now New Mexico in 1829, he was the grandson of the chief of the Bedonkohe Apache. Geronimo's father died when Geronimo was still a boy. From that point on, Geronimo had to take care of his mother and his siblings. At the age of 17, he became a warrior. At that time, the Apache frequently traveled to Mexico. In 1858, Geronimo's tribe had gone to Mexico. The men were in town doing some trading, when their camp was attacked. Geronimo's mother, his wife and their small children were killed. He would never be the same again. He gained fame among his people fighting to avenge his family's death. He also became a medicine man after the massacre.
Over time, Geronimo and his fellow warriors began to fight American soldiers as well as Mexicans. In 1876, the American government tried to force the Apaches onto a reservation in Arizona. But Geronimo would lead an armed resistance. Newspaper reports caused the American people to become incredibly afraid of this man, who was captured for the first time only after hiding out in the mountains for ten years. Imprisoned, he would flee, only to captured once more. By the time of the St. Louis World's Fair, he had begun to try to capitalize on his fame, talking to reporters and allowing his photograph to be taken.
This book is based on conversations Geronimo had with another Indian who then translated his story for S. M. Bartlett who arranged for its publication. As a result, it's hard to know how many of these are Geronimo's words. "
Ann Gaines, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Geronimo: His Own Story|
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Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
- American Indian
If this is a culture clash:
- minority culture living in majority area
ethnic of society (outside)
- American (general)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- accused criminal
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
- American Indian
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
The Americas (not US):
- 19th century
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
- A lot 11-15 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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