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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
At a time when books about Native American women need to provide the reader with unromanticized images of strong women in their own right, Stockel’s book, Women of the Apache Nation, succeeds only partially. The sixty-two page historical introduction and the two shorter introductions to the Mescalero (New Mexico) and Fort Sill (Oklahoma) Apache, while important to situating the women’s narratives that follow, are flawed by inaccuracies, overly dependent on secondary sources, and replete with unnecessary references to historical male figures and male relatives. Stockel, for example, incorrectly uses the term ”Western pache” which does not include Mescalero or Fort Sill (cf. Keith Basso, “Western Apache,” in Handbook of North American Indians. Vol 10. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1983, 462-488). The photos enhance the narrative; a map would have been helpful. The writing is personal, but for this reviewer, overly sentimental.
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