Cochise (1823-1874) - Find A Grave Memorial
Actual date of birth unknown. Cochise, derived from the Apache word cheis, or oak, led his Chokonen Apaches (rising sun people), often called Chiricahuas, through their first conflicts and dealings with the United States. He was among the most powerful and respected of Apache leaders and his influence extended far...
Now you will feel no rain for each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness. And may your days be good and long upon the earth. —Apache Wedding Blessing (Artwork by Susan Loy)
Part 1 - Geronimo's closest friend in war and captivity, Chief Naiche was a leader of the Apache people during their late nineteenth and early twentieth century interactions with the U.S. government. Reared by his father (Chief Cochise), Naiche was loyal to his older brother Chief Taza. Naiche was unprepared to assume the leadership role he inherited when Taza died unexpectedly. Along with Geronimo, Naiche led many of the Apache raiding parties in the Southwest during the 1880's.