"I was no chief and never had been, but because I had been more deeply wronged than others, this honor was conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of the trust."
“Treat the earth well, it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the earth by our ancestors. “
In 1881, after witnessing the gunning down of Nochaydelklinne, a full-fledged prophet in Cibeque, AZ on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, Geronimo led his warriors eastward and crossed the Black River into Victorio's camp.between Turkey and Eagle Creek. Victorio was granted to move away from the main body of Apache in San Carlos because of hostilities by Apache groups against the Chiricahuas. when warned of a possible attack by soldiers, Victorio and his band went east Geronimo went south
“I was born on the prairie where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures”. Geronimo
“You must speak straight so that your words may go straight to my heart like sunshine. I will not lie to you, do not lie to me.” Cochise
In war death is certain. The white eagle plume signifies longevity in similitude to gray hairs on elders, A war shaman’s prayer was not necessarily a guarantee of returning home. The sunshine’s location when the earth is rotating in orbit to complete a day is relative to the cycle of one’s life. The sunrise being the birth of a child, noon: the prime of man and sunset being the ending of life. In war a peaceful life is upset and cut short: a warrior to die in battle is his setting sun.