Big Bend Saddlery
2701 East Hwy 90 Alpine, Tx 79830
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Until now, Santana -- among the most brilliant chiefs of the Mescalero Apache -- has been virtually unmentioned in historical accounts of the Mescalero.
Santana was a remarkable man for any age or time. He recognized his limitations in dealing with Anglo invaders bent on overwhelming and destroying his culture and his people. He was able to step outside his cultural heritage of war and conquest, use his exceptional skills as tactician, negotiator and leader, and find a way to preserve -- with a minimum of bloodshed -- both his culture and his people.
Almer N Blazer arrived in the Mescalero country of south-central New Mexico in 1877. Fourteen years old when he arrived, Almer grew up hunting, fishing, riding and exploring the countryside with his Mescalero contemporaries and became fluent in both Spanish and Apache, the two languages spoken by the Mescalero. He abosrbed the Mescalero culture by living it and by hearing from his father and from older Mescalero tribesmen, the accounts of past leaders, notably Santana, who had died in 1876, one year before Blazer’s arrival in Mescalero. In the words of one grandson “He was as much Indian as white man.”
Although his formal education was limited, Almer’s curiosity about everything that involved the world around him and his work in it led him to become and avid reader, and later a noted inventor and author. He recorded what he had been told about Santana, Mescalero history and certain Mescalero cultural practices. Noted historians Eve Ball and CL Sonnichsen both considered Almer Blazer to be the Anglo most knowledgeable of Mescalero history and culture.
In a time of increasingly violent cultural and religious conflicts in our own world, Santana's story deserves substantial recognition.
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As far as we can tell, our shop was opened in 1905. It was named for this area, the Big Bend Region of Texas, which got its name from the bend or turn made by the Rio Grande River just south of us. We are located in the Davis Mountains with the 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park to the south. We are a small shop located on the east side of Alpine, Texas with employees who feature personalized, friendly service. Let us help you any way we can.