September 5, 2007 Bonus Blog
Just got this in from Henry Beck, our cover story author on 3:10 To Yuma:
"Allen Barra wrote to me a couple of weeks ago, saying, 'BTW, that's bull about Apaches not attacking at night. That's about the only time they did attack.'"
I'm not so sure Allen Barra is right about Apaches attacking at night. I do know that we were all under the impresssion they didn't, at least in the 1960s. The theory was that they knew there were too many variables, like rattlesnakes and gopher holes to mess up an attack. Makes some sense, but like many conventional wisdom deals, it could be baloney. I'm knee deep in Apache lore with our Mickey Free project, but I can't recall any night attacks. I think I'll put this out to my experts, like Dale Miles, the San Carlos Apache official historian. Is there a historic precedence for Apaches attacking at night?
"The night time is the right time."
—Otis Redding, part time Apache
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