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!