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Geronimo (III) (1829–1909)

A fearsome Apache Indian warrior and medicine man of mythic stature, Geronimo was born about 1829 on the upper reaches of the Gila River (near the present-day mining town of Clifton, AZ). He belonged to the Be-don-ko-he band of the southern Chiricahua Apaches. He was known as Goyathlay or Goyaklay, meaning "one who yawns." It's not clear how he ... See full bio »

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 1996-2000 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- John J. Pershing: The Iron General (2000) ... Himself
- Geronimo: The Last Renegade (1996) ... Himself
 1994 America's Great Indian Leaders (Video documentary)
 1991 The Great Indian Wars 1840-1890 (Documentary)

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9 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 28 Portrayals | 3 Articles | See more »

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I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures.


Contrary to popular belief, Geronimo was not a chief, and was never even a war chief (during times of war Apaches often appointed a more experienced warrior to be war chief; when the war ended, leadership reverted back to the "regular" chief). He was a medicine man and someone to whom the actual chiefs came for advice. He led raids, but any Apache who was able to find warriors to follow him could... See more »


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