Little Big Horn was in 1876. Chief Joseph surrendered in 1877, and “The Indian Wars” ended in the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. Many of us have heard about Geronimo and Cochise, but during the extensive Apache Wars between 1851 and 1886, there were many other outstanding characters, events and adventures. Apaches were among the last Native Americans to resist U.S. domination. They were never subdued: they surrendered.
Paul Fisher returns to the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 29) to discuss some of these characters in a talk entitled “Apaches—To the Last Man.”
Have you ever heard of Haskay-bay-nay-natyl (“the tall man destined to come to a mysterious end”)? He became known as “The Apache Kid.” How about Thomas Jeffords, buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Tucson? His gravestone reads, “Friend and blood-brother of Cochise. Peace-Maker with hostile Apaches.”
Fisher will discuss Apache lore, religion, customs and history in a talk he has given to Apaches on the San Carlos Reservation.
Fisher is an accomplished researcher who makes his topics come alive, He was awarded a “Lumie” by the Arizona Daily Star and Pima Arts Council in 2007. He is a speech trainer who works with radio personalities, podcasters, public speakers and others who want to improve their speaking voice.
As a performer, he has worked with many performance groups in Tucson and venues across the America and abroad. He is an emcee, auctioneer and writer. He teaches creative thinking for such clients as Raytheon, Intuit and Canyon Ranch. Fisher is one of the founders of “Embody Learning” a groundbreaking new approach to classroom teaching.
If past ASA appearances are any indication, he will delight, entertain and inform.
Written by Sharon Stetz, Academy Village Volunteer