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A D.A. Markey cabinet card of Chief Eskiminzin, an Apache; image credit on full record.

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Cabinet Card Photograph; Markey (DA), Apache, Chief Eskiminzin.

A D.A. Markey cabinet card of Eskiminzin. A portrait of the Native American in western dress identified in negative as "Chief Es-Kim-In-Zin" (1825? to 1890, Aravaipa-Pinal Apache chief) with the imprint of D.A. Markey, Arizona.

Eskiminzin was born a Pinal Apache but married into the Aravaipa and became their principal chief. He was a proponent of peace who approached U.S. Army Lieutenant Royal Whitman in 1871, asking that the Apache be allowed to stay where they could grow their native agave, rather than be moved to the White Mountain Reservation. Settlers responded to Apache raids that year with force, killing as many as 150 of Eskiminzin's people and taking Apache children to work as slaves. President Ulysses Grant ordered a trial for the settlers, but they were acquitted in December 1871. Eskiminzin's people were subsequently moved to the San Carlos Reservation on the Gila River in Arizona. Eskiminzin was imprisoned when other San Carlos Apaches had an uprising, but he escaped in 1874. In 1886 Eskiminzin went to help with negotiations in Washington, D.C., but in 1888 he was arrested. He became the head gardener at Mount Vernon barracks and was allowed to return home in 1889. Eskiminzin died in 1890....[more information available via subscription]

p4A Item D9926476
Category:  photographica    Origin:  Arizona
Type:  cabinet cards    Year:  1880 - 1900

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