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  • The Lipan Apache Tribe: Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas--Apache Story 1 by Snake Blocker
    but at that moment the rabbit ran away The rabbit was running because the sacred giant bear came by to eat the berries The boy decided to just shoot one arrow at the great bear and thought it would just bounce off its thick fur Just as the boy released the arrow the giant bear stood up to face the boy and the arrow went straight into the bearâ s heart The giant bear slumped to the ground and died Great fear came over the boy and he dropped his bow and ran back to the village The next day the other Apache hunters came to the same location and saw the sacred giant bear motionless They spotted the bow nearby and knew the owner was the rebellious boy For respect the warriors prayed for forgiveness and left the bear where it laid The boy was whipped by the village for his crime and selfish ways The boy was never allowed in the warrior class society the rest of his days The next season when summer came the Apaches were out hunting again and they came across the location where the giant bear had died They saw his black silhouette but as they drew near the silhouette was merely a swarm of millions of mosquitoes in the shape of the great bear Next the swarm of mosquitoes flew towards the Apaches As the Apache ran back to the village the mosquitoes followed and continued to bite into the Apacheâ s skin The Apaches knew it was the curse of the sacred bear The sacred bear had turned into mosquitoes The mosquitoes sucked the blood from the Apaches to take back the blood they took from the sacred bear The Apaches accepted this fate and to this day some Apaches do

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  • The Lipan Apache Tribe: Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas--Apache Story 2 by Snake Blocker
    that she had lost all the beautiful feathers to Cross Wind She flew back to the Apache warrior who was giving thanks to The Creator for his success as he was cutting meat from the Thunderbirds to take back to his tribe The old bat said â I need more feathers since Cross Wind came by when I was napping and scattered them all away â The Apache said â Okay I will give you more feathers but do not be so foolish to let Cross Wind scattered them away again â After the Apache filled her basket again the old bat flew away Sometime later she grew tired again and rested in a great tree filled with many birds She closed her eyes and took a long nap When she awoke she noticed her basket was empty and the birds had scattered all her feathers She flew back to the Apache who was packing up the Thunderbird meat She said â I need more feathers for the birds of the great tree had scattered then while I slept â The Apache said â Alright once more I will give you more feathers but you must not be so foolish in letting the small birds scattered your feathers Go straight home and secure your feathers â The old bat agreed The Apache unpacked the Thunderbirdâ s wings and gave old bat more feathers The old bat took her feathers and flew away Once more the old bat flew away and she rested at a small cave on a cliff away from trees birds and Cross Wind She thought â I will rest a bit before my journey home â As she rested Upward Wind came up the canyon and blew into the cave and scattered the feathers out of the

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  • The Lipan Apache Tribe: Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas--Apache Story 3 by Snake Blocker
    and give it a beautiful fur coat Downward Wind came to breathe life into the form and the bear would wonder off The Creator did the same for the wolf the fox the eagle and so on He began to form the snake and gave it wonderful colors The Creator then turned to take some more clay and give it large wings and legs but when He turned back to place the wings and legs on its body the snake was no longer there The snake had quickly crawled backwards and was exploring the Underworld The Creator was displeased with the snake and said â You are impatient and you did not wait for your wings and legs Because you are impatient you will not receive your wings or legs and you must forever roam this world on your belly You will roam between the Underworld and Turtle Island and never explore the sky above or be able to walk with your legs â Impatient Snake accepted its fate and forever crawled on its belly When an Apache baby crawls on its belly some Apaches call their young ones the Impatient Snake In battle Apache warriors would strike at their

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  • The Lipan Apache Tribe: Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas--Apache Story 4 by Snake Blocker
    it flew The Apaches called this flying creature by the name Thunder Bird The Thunder Birds would live in the tallest of cliffs which were impossible to climb up or descend down from Time after time the Thunder Birds would fly down and grab an Apache by their shoulders arms or legs and smash him or her into the walls of the precipice The Thunder Birds would then feed the dead Apaches to their young Before a Thunder Bird would fly off its perch to hunt it would move both its wings up and down quickly before pushing off their perch This was done as a pre flight ceremony before takeoff The Apache warrior would often carry one weapon on each hip When there was an opponent on each side of an Apache the Apache warrior would unsheathe their weapon and come up on each side to strike both opponents The Apache would strike with an Upward Wind Lightning strike slash or Upward Wind Piercing Buffalo strike stab at the same time After the opponent was cut they usually would slump down and the Apache warrior would follow up with a Downward Wind Lightning strike or Downward Wind Piercing Buffalo

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  • The Lipan Apache Tribe: Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas--Apache Story 5 by Snake Blocker
    layers of scales around its body and was the most feared of all creatures At that time the Apaches and the creatures of the land and air all spoke the same language and could understand each other Dragon feared that if there was a war between him and the Apaches some of the creatures would side with the Apaches in battle Dragon gathered all the land creatures together in the Valley of the Red Blood and commanded them to never speak the language of the Apaches again When the command was made the snakes were in Underworld and didnâ t hear the command from Dragon The snakes would always go back and forth from Turtle Island and Underworld The night came when there was a great battle between Dragon and the Apaches The snakes came up from Underworld when they heard the ground shake from the battle They spoke to the Apaches who asked for their assistance The snakes sided with the Apaches in battle but the battle was lost and many thousands of Apaches were slaughtered The snakes were all brought to Dragon after the battle Dragon said â Why did you disobey my command to never speak to the Apaches Why did you side with the Apaches â The snakes said â We never heard your command We were in Underworld until we heard the shaking of Turtle Island The Apaches asked us to help and we have no fight with the Apaches â Dragon said â You will never speak to the Apaches again You will never speak any language again â Dragon took his claws and split the tongues of all the snakes After that the snakes could no longer speak they could only make the hissing sound and their tongue would never be straight again

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  • The Lipan Apache Tribe: Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas--Apache Story 6 by Snake Blocker
    feather near an Apache it was a special blessing and a sign that this person would be a great Apache warrior male or female If an Apache found a great eagle feather it was prized and could be used in trade as gifts or be kept to decorate their horse head piece wickiup or weapon The most prized of feathers were large solid white feathers which were rare Another of the prized feathers was white with black tip An Apache leader could honor a brave warrior by presenting him or her with a great eagle feather This would be worn with pride and always worn in ceremonies When a great eagle feather was attached to a warriorâ s horse war shield hair clothes or weapons they would be successful in battle As the great eagles pluck their defected feathers so they can fly in silence so too the Apache warriors cuts their hair off or burns the ends of their long hair after the death of a loved one This is an act of reverential silence As the great eagles plunge into icy waters to remove lice and other parasites so too the Apache warriors jump into icy waters to purify themselves after a journey battle or illness to remove bad spirits and bad memories As the great eagles sharpen their talons and beaks along the edges of rocks so too the Apache warriors sharpen their weapons on stones As the great eagles painfully plucked off all their old feathers and waits naked until the growth of their new coat so too the Apache warriors go into sweat lodges naked and pour out their impurities through sweating This is the Apaches method of renewing both body and spirit As the great eagles point their talons down on their prey so

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  • The Lipan Apache Tribe: Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas--Apache Story 7 by Snake Blocker
    kicked it again as hard as he could Old Rattlesnake struck at the boy but again it was too late as it became airborne from the kick and landed near a large rock Young Rattlesnake crawled on the large rock to watch Old Rattlesnake coiled up and began rattling at the boy but the boy came near and kicked the snake once more Old Rattlesnake struck at the boy but being bruised old and tired was too slow As the boy laughed Young Rattlesnake sprang at the boyâ s hip from the large rock Young Rattlesnake sunk its fangs into the Apache boyâ s hip at a forty five degree angle and released all its poison into the boy The boy screamed in pain and ran to Medicine Man Young Rattlesnake was still attached to the boyâ s hip and would not release its fangs Medicine Man cut away Young Rattlesnake from the boyâ s body but could not release the fangs The boy became deathly ill as the poison entered his body from inside The fangs stayed in the boyâ s hip Medicine Man tried every herb song and prayer but the boy was getting worse Medicine Man told the elders â You must take the boy to Great Medicine Man who lives at the top of Green Mountain â The elders took the boy with them and journeyed four days to Green Mountain Great Medicine Man examined the boy and said â The boy will die unless I remove all the poison from his body which has now spread from head to feet â Great Medicine Man took some sinew and string from his bow and used it to cut the boy in half vertically down the middle The boy was cut from his head to below the

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  • The Lipan Apache Tribe: Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas--Apache Story 8 by Snake Blocker
    old smell from the many you have taken before â Dragon left but kept lurking around to try and find the boy Painted Woman was training the boy in the cave on all the battle tactics he would need to hunt and survive once he left the cave Many seasons had passed and the boy was now too big to hide in the cave He told his mother that he was ready for adventures outside the cave Painted Woman warned him to be very careful because Dragon comes around often The boy would hide in trees and rocks while he hunted and only came back to the cave to visit his mother One day Dragon came around and spotted the boy while the boy was out hunting Dragon said â I knew I would find you for I have smelled your scent for many seasons You will die today boy â The Apache boy said â Not today for it is not a good day to die for me but I am hunting and you will taste better than deer meat â Dragon laughed and charged towards the boy The boy pulled back on his bow and released an arrow The arrow went straight and true to Dragonâ s heart area but only one scale fell from his protected body Dragon laughed again and continued to charge The boy pulled back on his bow again and released a second arrow The arrow hit the heart area but only one scale fell down from its thick coat The boy climbed a tree and shot at Dragon a third time but this time after another scale fell off he could see the final layer of skin covering Dragonâ s heart As Dragon was climbing the tree the boy shot his fourth arrow

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