Message #219 Date: Sun, 02 Aug 1998 19:30:22 Subject: The "CHILDREN" Of Eve Ball [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Lynda Sanchez P.O. Box 67, Lincoln, NM 88338; (505) 653-4821 The "CHILDREN" Of Eve Ball - An Update At one time, the Apache were one of the least understood of the native peoples who populated the New World. Because of this, a rather ethnocentric view developed in the popular literature and of course, the world of Hollywood. That is to say, descriptions such as: blood thirsty savages, cruel beyond belief, scalping the white settlers, brutally attacking just about everyone on the New Mexico and Arizona frontiers, were common place. Then came serious researchers and individuals interested in the Apache as a people. They asked, 'Wait a minute, let us take a look at the why of all of this ... why would people be so cruel? Why would they fight for their homeland? Did they love their children? Did they have leaders of integrity and great wisdom as all people have had from their beginnings? What was it that made their culture unique? As these questions were asked and eventually answered, a much broader picture emerged and we now have a fair and better account of the Apache 'way of things'. Distinguished writers, researchers and historians such as Eve Ball, and others like Dan Thrapp, Morris Opler, Alan Ferg, Keith Basso, Grenville Goodwin, Henrietta Stockel, Ruth Boyer, and John Cremony' began to fill in the puzzle that was the Apache warrior culture. There are others too, but the above come from varying back grounds, and each has contributed specific knowledge such as the oral history accounts compiled by Eve Ball. Military background by Dan Thrapp and the more anthropological analysis presented by the others flesh out the history of the Apache. Most of us are aware of Eve Ball's outstanding work in many areas of western history and heritage. A great many, however, are unaware of those whom I refer to as the "children of Eve Ball." Among these I would include myself for she was my friend and mentor. Others would be Nora Henn, Henrietta Stockel, Dan Aranda, Dr. Harwood Hinton, and Ed Sweeney. They were some of the many whom she encouraged to write and strike out on their own in areas that were of interest to them. Each met at her home and I feel sure she would be proud of all of us in our ventures into the fascinating worlds of history and archaeology. Ed Sweeney was recently in Lincoln along with Dan Aranda from Las Cruces. These two friends visited us and we had a wonderful time remembering Eve and how all of us met at her home over the years. We discussed our various works in progress, walked along the river and marveled at the unique region in which we live, play and work. As a result of Eve's encouragement and assistance, Ed had his first book on Cochise published in 1991. As a result of that book, one thing led to another and now he has another book under his belt. This one is on Mangas Coloradas. My review of his book is included for those readers who are fascinated by this segment of southwestern history. Yes, the children of Eve Ball continue in her footsteps as they explore unusual and unwritten facets of our history. Who know's what is next!