By J. J. Methvin
Early in 1867 Kiowa leader Many Bears paid the Mescalero Apache one mule, buffalo gowns, and a purple blanket to buy ten-year-old José Andrés Martínez. kidnapped close to his domestic in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in October 1866, he turned Many Bears's grandson, Andele. He quick tailored to his new lifestyles, grew to manhood one of the Kiowa, took half in Kiowa raiding events while he became 16, and 3 instances married Kiowa women.
Confined to a reservation in Oklahoma after 1875, Andele within the Eighties sought to reclaim his former existence and lower back to his kinfolk 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 organization university, 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 by way of ethnohistorian James F. Brooks of the collage of Maryland.
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The force of wheat threshers had ceased work and were at dinner.
Poor little fellow! He little dreamed what this act of disobedience would bring him. He little thought that he was turning his back on his home forever; that the music of mother's voice and the light of her loving smiles would never more gladden his little heart; that his own life would be put out as a candle by cruel hands, and his own little body, pierced and bleeding, would be left out on the broad prairie along among the sage weeds and grass to feed the coyotes and the wolves. 'Tis so often thus, in the prospect of present enjoyment, the happy Page 31 youth loses sight of disobedience's dire results, till destruction comes and despair like night settles down forever.
Arriving, after a half mile travel, upon the banks of a little stream, lined on either side with a dark, heavy growth of timber, the band halted. A short consultation was held, but the captives understood not what was to befall them, when directly a tall, erect Indian, the lines of whose face indicated some degree of compassion, stepped forward with spear in hand, advanced slowly towards the naked Mexican and then hesitated. He seemed to be unsettled. He solilo- Page 33 quized: "In that man's veins flows the same blood that courses in mine.
Andele, The Mexican-Kiowa Captive: A Story of Real Life Among the Indians by J. J. Methvin