One of my least favorite comic strips as a youth was one called "The White Indian." It just seemed lame to me and kind of far-fetched. Well, just when you think you've heard it all. . .
The White Apache
His Apache name was Dji-li-kine, or Pine Pitch House, and he was not only a chief but he was Geronimo's father-in-law. He was a white captive, similar to Mickey Free, who chose to stay with the Apaches. John Rope said he was "not as tall as an old-fashioned musket," but he was "about the best fighter of any of them. . .the Chiricahua chiefs were like nothing to him and they usually did what he advised."
"Dji-li-kine The White Apache"
When Crook first tracked down Geronimo high in the Sierra Madres in May of 1883, the old chief was intent on hatching a devious plan. The Chiricahuas would feign friendship with the soldiers and the scouts, but Geronimo and Kayatennae and a couple other chiefs planned to invite the White Mountain Apache scouts to a dance where Chiricahua warriors would circle behind the scouts and slit their throats. When they took this plane to Dji-li-kine he dismissed it out of hand: "I won't join in this because the White Mountain people are like relatives of mine." Geronimo told him they were going ahead with the plan with or without him, to which the White Apache said, "You chiefs don't mean anything to me. I have been with you many times and helped you kill lots of Mexicans and Whites and that's the way you got the clothes you are wearing now. I am the one who has killed these people for you and you have just followed behind me. I don't want to hear you talking this way with me again."
Geronimo did proceed with the plan but it fell apart when Chief of Scouts Al Sieber wisely advised the White Mountain Apache scouts not to attend the dance.
A colorized version of the famous C.S. Fly photograph of the Geronimo-Crook parlay at Embudos in March of 1886. That is Crook, seated, second from right and that is Captain John G. Bourke next to him, on Crook's right, looking at the camera. It is Bourke who wrote down the entire exchange from memory and preserved the encounter for historians. Bourke spoke fluent Spanish and studied Apache intently. He amassed an Apache dictionary which he planned on printing, but it never got on the press.
The scouts called Bourke "Nantan Justa Chuli" (Captain Cactus).
"Men, our people whom we left at our base camp are now in the hands of U.S. troops! What shall we do?"
—Geronimo, May 15, 1883, having a premonition that Crook's troops had in fact captured Bonito's camp 120 miles away
There are no photos of Cochise, but here is a first-person account of someone who met him, and, who described him as a handsome man of