Bowie in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Centennial of Chiricahua Apache/U.S. Cessation of Hostilities 1886
[Side 1: In English :]
September 4-8, 1986, Arizonans marked the return of the Chiricahua Ex-Prisoners of War and their descendants in ceremonies that completed a spiritual circle. We remembered and reflected on the clash between National Expansion and the Chiricahua's determination to resist and remain free on their land, and on how so few could have so great and lasting impact on so many. Together we struggled with notions of equality and cultural differences and achieved a broader perspective on raiding, ware fare, deportation, imprisonment and the repatriation of the Chiricahua People.
[Side 2 - Apache Translation:]
Editors Note: Click on photo to see text
[Side 3 - Artwork panel depicting members of the Apache Tripe]
[Side 4 - The Proclamation]
The rock hammer imbedded in the monument is from Tres Castillos, Mexico, and represents the Warm Springs Apaches. The mano and metate speak of a more peaceful time before contact and conflict.
Bruce Babbitt – Governor
WHEREAS, the final surrender of Naiche and Geronimo's group and deportation of the entire Chirichua Apache Tribe in 1886 marked the end of this war, the coming of a lasting peace to Arizona, and the beginning of 27 years of imprisonment for the Chirichua, and
WHEREAS, September 4, 1986 will be the 100th anniversary of the Chirichua capitulation;
NOW therefore, I, Bruce Babbitt, Governor of the State of Arizona, and for the citizen of this great State, do hereby welcome the Chirichua ex prisoners of war and all other members of this tribe to Arizona and do hereby proclaim
Centennial of the Chirichua Apache surrender and Imprisonment
AND call upon all persons to observe the significance of these events and to learn of the History and Culture of the Apache people and,
TO participate in centennial events conducted under the auspices of the Arizona Historical Society and the National Park Service In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona
Attest Rose Mofford
Secretary of State
We had the first opportunity to retrace the steps
Chiricahua-Warm Springs Apache
Erected 1988 by Arizona Corrals of the Westerners and The Arizona Historical Society.
Location. 32° 19.552′ N, 109° 29.419′ W. Marker is in Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is on West Fifth Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The Marker is located in the North West corner of the Bowie School grounds. The schools are located between Central Avenue and Lincoln Avenue on Fifth Street. During school hours check in at the administration building prior to going to the marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 West 5th Street, Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Fort Bowie (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Bowie (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bascom Affair / Bascom-Cochise Meeting Site Post Cemetery (approx. 12.6 miles away); First Fort Bowie (approx. 12.9 miles away).
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
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