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An enjoyable Western,
This review is from: Geronimo - An American Legend [DVD] (DVD)
Overall, this is a good and enjoyable western, with some admirable performances. It depicts a sad and dramatic period in America's history and although some scenes are fictional, is more historically accurate than some other films ('Braveheart' comes to mind) that portray famous figures from history.
However, the statement made by one of the characters that 'Even among the Apache, the Chiracahuas are special' needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Although Geronimo is often said to have been a Chiracahua Apache, he was in fact born into the Bedonkohe tribe, one of a number of closely related Apachean groups in the Arizona/New Mexico area. Some of the warriors who served by his side until he gave himself up for the last time in September 1886 were likewise Bedonkohe Apaches. Although the Bedonkohes are often described as a sub-group of the Chiracahuas this is by no means certain. As a leading authority on Geronimo, the late Angie Debo comments in her fascinating biography - Geronimo, the Man, his Time, his Place - 'It is impossible to untangle completely the tribal divisions of the Apaches with whom the Bedonkohes were associated. Ethnologists have evaded the problem by classifying them all as Chiracahuas.' Moreover, renegade Apaches of the 1880s included members of other bands such as the Mimbrenos and Mescaleros. In short, the Apaches in general were courageous and extremely tough warriors.