Available in English for the first time, "The Apache Indians" tells the story of Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad's sojourn among the Apaches near the White Mountain Reservation in Arizona and his epic journey to locate the 'lost' group of their brethren in the Sierra Madres in the 1930s. Ingstad travelled to Canada where he lived as a trapper for four years with the Chipewyan Indians. The Chipewyans told him tales about people from their tribe who travelled south, never to return. He decided to go south to find the descendants of his Chipewyan friends and determine if they had similar stories. In 1936 Ingstad arrived in the White Mountains and worked as a cowboy with the Apaches. His hunch about the Apaches' northern origins was confirmed by their stories, but the elders also told him about another group of Apaches who had fled from the reservation and were living in the Sierra Madres in Mexico.Ingstad launched an expedition on horseback to find these 'lost' people, hoping to record more tales of their possible northern origin but also to document traditions and knowledge that might have been lost among the Apaches living on the reservation.
Through Ingstad's keen and observant eyes, we catch unforgettable glimpses of the landscape and inhabitants of the southwestern borderlands as he and his Apache companions, including one of Geronimo's warriors, embark on a dangerous quest to find the elusive Sierra Madre Apaches."The Apache Indians" is a powerful echo of a past that has now become a myth. After practicing law for four years, then selling his practice for 'fear of becoming rich', Helge Ingstad (1899-2001) became a self-taught ethnographer, historian, and world-renowned explorer. He is the author of the best-selling "Land of Feast and Famine" and co-author (with Anne Stine Ingstad) of "The Viking Discovery of America: The Excavation of a Norse Settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland". Benedicte Ingstad is the daughter of Helge Ingstad. Thomas J. Nevins is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Virginia.