Monday, July 25, 2011
Apache legend of the Trail of tears...
In the winter of 1870, hungry and desperate Pinal, Tonto and Coyote Apache tribe members had made several raids on ranches, wagon trains and settlements in Arizona trying to protect their home land from encroachment from people seeking minerals and land for ranches. The US Calvary Company B of the Arizona Volunteers and ranchers and other volunteers formed to put an end to the raids against the whites.
The soldiers found the hidden trail and attacked the band of about 75 warriors living on top of Big Pacacho (Apache Leap Mountain), a high steep plateau, near Superior, Arizona, killing 50 of them. The remaining 25 tribe members chose to ride their horses off the edge to their deaths rather than be captured or killed by their enemies. It is said that for many years afterward people found skeletons or saw bones wedged in the crevices of the steep cliffs.
The families and friends of the dead warriors gathered at the base of the cliff and mourned for them and the loss of the once great fighting spirit of the Pinal Apaches. It is said that their grief was so great they solidified when they hit the ground. The Great Father had imbedded their tears into the black stone so when they are tumbled and polished and held to the light, they reveal the translucent tear of those who grieved over their lost people and way of life as they once knew it.
"It is said that who ever owns an Apache Tear Drop will never have to cry again, for the Apache Women have shed their tears in place of yours." Some believe that rubbing the stone between your fingers has a soothing, calming effect, reduces negative energy, helps to produce clear vision in making good choices and protects you from being taken advantage of.
The Apache Tear is a translucent form of black obsidian and is a volcanic glass stone. It is composed of feldspar, hornblende, biotite and quartz. Various other forms of Apache Tear Drops are found in other places such as Chaffee County, Colorado but are generally much smaller and not as translucent as those near Sedona, Arizona.