Dahteste

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Dahteste[pronunciation?] (circa 1860–1955) was a Choconen Apache woman warrior.

Family[edit]

Dahteste was the sister of Ilth-goz-ay, the wife of Chihuahua (also known as Kla-esh), chief of the Chokonen local group of the Chokonen band of the Chiricahua.

Career[edit]

Despite being married with children, Dahteste took part in raiding parties with her first husband Ahnandia. She was a compatriot of Geronimo and companion of Lozen on many raids. Dahteste was fluent in English and acted as messenger and translator for the Apache. She also became a mediator and trusted scout at times for the U.S. Cavalry and was instrumental in negotiating Geronimo's surrender to the U.S. Cavalry.

Prison[edit]

She spent eight years as prisoner of war at Fort Marion in St. Augustine in Florida, where she survived pneumonia and tuberculosis. Thereafter she was shipped to a military prison in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.[1] During the confinement she and Ahnandia divorced[2] in the 'Apache way.

During this time she was always with Lozen. Dahteste was a well-groomed, beautiful woman who took pride in her appearance and dressed in feminine attire.

Later life[edit]

Nineteen years after her imprisonment, Dahteste married Cooni (also spelled Kuni), a scout and widower scout. They lived out the rest of their life at Whitetail on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico.

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Julia. "Dahteste - Mescalero Apache". Woman Spirit. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  2. ^ H. Henrietta Stockel: Chiricahua Apache Women and Children: Safekeepers of the Heritage, ISBN 978-0890969212

See also[edit]

  • Lozen (c. 1840-1890), Chiricahua woman warrior