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  A Southwest Tale
by Mr. Ed
Monday, June 13, 2005
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-->- The Second Poem in my Native American Series -



"When I was young I walked all over this country, east and west,

and saw no other people than the Apaches.

After many summers I walked again,

and I found another race of people had come to take it.

How is that?”


Cochise, Chiracahua Apache




Less than two hundred years ago

In a land of hidden canyons and parched desert days

Lived the brave young son of an old Apache shaman

He was known in his native tongue as Too-ah-yah-say


As this young man sat alone near the top of Sacred Mesa

He contemplated the words his elder father had just said,

“Too-ah-yah-say, the Blue Coat soldiers will soon return,

They are going to enslave us, or they will kill us all dead.”


Since Too-ah-yah-say was a fearless Apache warrior

He had begged his father to let him stand and fight

Instead the old shaman had instructed him to prepare everyone

For his people would travel again - this time southward in the night


“But Father, this canyon is our peoples’ sacred tribal homeland,

Given to us by The Creator - it is here that we should make our stand.”


That’s when the wise old shaman had very patiently explained to his son,

“It is time you knew that in a far different place, is where our life had begun.”


“Long, long ago, even before my great great grandfather’s time on this ancient earth,

Our people had lived in the vast frozen northland – far too many of them without mirth.”


“Winters there were almost unbearable, and the animals we hunt very, very few,

So one of our wise ancient ancestors brought our people here - to start our life anew.”


“You see, my son, the Creator did not give anyone this ancient and sacred desert land,

And it is much better for Apaches to live another day, than to die here in our last stand.”


So as the brilliant red desert sun began to set again on Sacred Mesa that astonishing day,

This small group sadly left their homeland - and vanished before dawn’s early morning rays 


And even today, on the Apache Reservations in the states of Arizona and New Mexico,

The people still tell the Legend of the Ghost Band of Brothers – who escaped so long ago



©2005, Ed Kostro



The Apache People, who lived and prospered for centuries in America’s great southwest, are related to native inhabitants of the northwest coast of Canada and Alaska, and they speak a dialect of the same language known as Athabascan.

 On a marvelous trip we took several years ago, my wife, who is part Mescalaro Apache from New Mexico, had the opportunity to meet some of her distant relatives - in Alaska.


And the Legend of the ‘Lost Tribe’ of Apaches who outfoxed the U.S. Cavalry, and who simply vanished into the vast and rugged Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico, lives on today.


If this legend is true , these resilient Apache people have traversed the entire North American continent, from north to south, over countless centuries, in their efforts to survive.


The young warrior, Too-ah-yah-say, and his shaman father, Nah-ka-yen, are two of the historically accurate characters in my western novel, Gold River Canyon.



 “There is one God looking down on us all.

We are all the children of one God,

We are all connected in the circle of life.

And the sun, the darkness, and the winds

Are all listening to what we have to say.”


Geronimo, Bedonkohe Apache




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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/16/2005
Great write with much me anyways!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/16/2005
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 6/15/2005
Wonderful reading, and very informative. Oh, Ed...if you're going to Arizona, you must venture about in the northern part, and southern Utah - the Navaho Nation, Hopi, and Anastasi (respectively). Lots of Native American history in those parts; also New Mexico.
Years back, my husband and I were fortunate to stay with Navaho friends. They had a home, but our adventure was to stay in their older hogan - cold (it was late November), but once under their blankets it was nice and warm!

I so look forward to more of these tales you write and share with us!

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 6/14/2005
And I feel the time is coming for them to return.........
great write!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/14/2005
Ed I love this story/poem, and the great info you always
share with us. You are a treaure for the den!Thank you!

Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/14/2005
A superb history lesson Ed excellent write my friend.

Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/13/2005
Thank you Ed
for another great informative write
This time about my one and only person hero "Geronimo"
A small man in stature, a giant of a man in heart
Excellnt write Ed

William ....Peace
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 6/13/2005
Outstanding write Ed, the music goes so well with your wonderful words.

Peace, Carole
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 6/13/2005
I love this poem and all the history I never knew that I always think of peoples being part of one part of one land. I love what father said,
And it is much better for Apaches to live another day, than to die here in our last stand.
Wise wise words that we all need to follow. excellent poem and stories and quotes.
Thanks very much Ed.xooxxooxxoox
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 6/13/2005
nice, Ed. love the way you inform and spread the word...
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/13/2005

I love the music, I love the poem, and I love the history behind it! An excellent write, one of your best. WELL DONE!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/13/2005
beautiful tribute to the First Americans, our Native Brothers and Sisters! Very well done, Ed; bravo!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/13/2005
You are a fine writer, Ed, as this historical offering shows. Thank you...
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 6/13/2005
These don't come from a pen, they come from your heart and soul, LE... There's a special kind of peace, reading of Native Americans, casting the mind back... and renews the anger at what the "white man" did to these "people"... I always learn from you. katy xox
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/13/2005
Always a delight to read your stories and learn history at the same time.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/13/2005
I am hungry to learn about these native American Indian cultures as I have a quiver in my liver that their past will very much move somehow to the forefront again in terms of things becoming clear and collapsing together like a telescope as time unfolds... can't explain it, but I think that much will be revealed in these "later" days as to the spiritual consequence of all things, and as to how all things tie up spiritually... ramble, ramble... but all this is so good to know and you enlighten us well. We appreciate both your art and your accuracy, El Kostro. I long to see a snapshot of you in an Indian Chief's headdress... I am sure you have well-earned one by now - not least for your services to the natural world, of which the Apaches would be most proud. TY sKwaw Kate xx
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/13/2005
Too yah say, this is a great education. Never realised the Incas ripped out live peoples hearts, in queues of over two miles long, to appease the sun and the rain.
At the same time King Henry VIII, weas chopping off Queens heads!

Nothing changes!

Come see real history. In mighty England. Always blows the yankies minds out. How evil we were, pulling out tounges, then making them eat it for their final dinner. HAH the scots: Should see what a big Mac was 1000 yrs ago...
Reviewed by Dale Clark 6/13/2005
Ed, this is a great tale. I am highly interested
in the Indian lore and have been a student for
many years. I'll have to pick up your book.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/13/2005
Rene & I want to go to Arizona next January, hoping it will be a warmer climate than it is here at that time of year...either way, it looks like we will get to see your famous southwest, will have to re-read this neat poem before hand...RUFUZ & ed
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/13/2005

Many lessons of fairness can be learned through the lines
of "A Southwest Tale".

I enjoyed the reading, and learned from the subjects dealt
in this par excellence poetic-hostoric work.

Long Healthy wise blissful Life, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 6/13/2005
hello Ed, great ;poetic history lesson here, i have a little cherokee blood in me

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