By J. J. Methvin
Early in 1867 Kiowa leader Many Bears paid the Mescalero Apache one mule, buffalo gowns, and a crimson blanket to buy ten-year-old José Andrés Martínez. kidnapped close to his domestic in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in October 1866, he grew to become Many Bears's grandson, Andele. He speedy tailored to his new existence, grew to manhood one of the Kiowa, took half in Kiowa raiding events whilst he grew to become 16, and 3 occasions married Kiowa women.
Confined to a reservation in Oklahoma after 1875, Andele within the Eighties sought to reclaim his former lifestyles and back to his relatives in Las Vegas. yet in 1889, feeling "his pursuits have been all pointed out with the Kiowa, and that he had discovered to like them," he back to the reservation, taught commercial arts on the supplier institution, and aided the Kiowa in safeguard in their lands. within the Nineties Andele begun serving as a source to a iteration of anthropologists learning Kiowa and Apache society. His captivity narrative, released in 1899 by way of the Methodist missionary J. J. Methvin, is a useful eyewitness description of Plains Indians. it's reissued with an advent through ethnohistorian James F. Brooks of the collage of Maryland.
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Extra info for Andele, The Mexican-Kiowa Captive: A Story of Real Life Among the Indians
This entry also calls into question Andele's account of Tehan's death at Napawat's hands, for Tehan told his story to Susan Peters sometime after 1917. 11. The Taimé came to the Kiowas in 1765, when an Arapaho man, who had obtained the sacred figure from the Crows, married a Kiowa woman. See Maurice Boyd, Kiowa Voices, 4759; 15961; Mokine also married Satanta's widow Zoam-tay ("Born-with-her-Teeth"), evidence of his high status among the Kiowa. For a legal case in 1888 that reveals his powers as a sorcerer, see Jane Richardson, "Law and Status Among the Kiowa Indians" (New York, 1940) pp.
Andele's induction into these societies indicates how completely the Kiowas had accepted him as a kinsman. Andele's adult years saw hard times for the Kiowas. Under President Ulysses S. Grant's Peace Policy (186982), they had been ordered to remain on a reservation with their Comanche allies in Indian Territory, with Fort Sill as headquarters for the Indian agent monitoring them. Assigned Lawrie Tatum, a Quaker missionary from Iowa, the Kiowas were expected to emulate his Christian example and become "civilized" farmers of wheat and corn.
After General Nelson Miles suppressed this last-gasp resistance on the southern plains, he transported seventy-two Kiowa and Comanche warriors to Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. Satanta remained in Texas, and took his own life in 1878, jumping from the second floor window of the State Penitentiary hospital. With their military power extinguished, Andele and his Kiowa kinspeople sought to make the best of their new conditions. In the early 1880s, Andele approached Indian Agent George Hunt and requested training as a blacksmith in the Indian Agency shop.