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Why should you view the Two Year Promise?http://www.twoyearpromise.com/We have shown the Two Year Promise documentary throughout the Western United States. It has received a lot of praise. I believe because it is our story. Chiricahua Descendants. Naiche's Descendants. Kanseah's Descendants. This is a very unique documentary. We have combined audio from as early as 1960's to recordings from 2013 to combine to make this unique story. We have actual POW's telling their part of history. It has a uniqueness to it that is not found anywhere else.
The Documentary was done by Chiricahua descendants. Audio. Video. Cameras. No Hollywood assistance. Nor any mainstream production companies. Just hard work. This is our story.
The credit goes to the 523 Chiricahuas that were sent to Florida as Prisoners of War. Over 90% did not engage in any hostilities towards the United States. But, in the end, they were all prisoners. Without their suffering, we would not be here today. We are grateful for those individuals.
We are open to invitations to show the documentary anywhere. Just contact us. We would rather you hear directly from us than someone else.
This is our story. This is our blood. This is the truth.
Central Oregon Community CollegeNovember 19, 2013
We recently came back from a trip to Oregon. We were invited by Gina Ricketts, the Native American Program Coordinator, to show the documentary on campus. We took our drums and did a small presentation to the people of Bend Oregon. We nearly filled the room up. Thank you to everyone who made this trip a successful trip and especially to the people at Central Oregon Community College!
Inn of the Mountain Gods ShowingOn November 15, 2013, Two Year Promise showed in their hometown Mescalero. The original plan was for 250 people with one screen. However with a huge interest, it was bumped to 350 with two screens. Then again it was moved to 520 people. Then come showing time, another 100 chairs had to be moved in. So over 600 people viewed the documentary at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. They were treated with previews of other projects that the Language Program was working on plus the "long" edition screening. The crowd was amazed on the documentary. We hope to show it again here!
Ruidoso News 11/12/2013Not often does an opportunity open to listen to the personal viewpoints of those affected by a historical event.
"Two Year Promise," a documentary produced by the Mescalero Apache Tribe on the more-than-a-quarter-of-a-century imprisonment of members of Chiricahua bands, offers a rare look at old interview footage of survivors, photographs of the era and correspondence among government officials that reveal more sinister motives by some for the internment.
The documentary will show at 7 p.m. Friday at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. Admission is free.
Pascal Enjady, coproducer, writer, editor and one of the cameramen on the project, credited the late Lynette Kanseah, who died in April, just before the centennial commemoration of the 1912 release of the Chiricahua from Fort Sill, Okla., with initiating the idea and pursuing funding. One hundred eighty-three, about two-thirds of those released, chose to relocate to the Mescalero Apache reservation in New Mexico.
"The Chiricahua Prisoner of War Committee here in Mescalero was headed up by the late Lynette Kanseah. She wanted to put together a documentary on the imprisonment period from our side, from our viewpoint," Enjady said. "They felt the truth was not out there and they needed to try to correct that, so she approached the Tribal Council about a year ago and she asked for some funds to put this project together. The idea was to have it made by the people here in Mescalero. The language program here received the grant from the tribe to complete the project."
Enjady was brought on by the Apache language program as a contractor in December 2012. "They gave me some ideas of how to put this together and we talked about different scenarios," he said. "The groundwork started in January when I took a trip to Washington D.C. for the inauguration. That's when I really started the filming and it really got moving.
"I always said if I do something for the language program, I am going to put all my heart and effort into it. When this first project came up, the Chiricahua prisoners of war, I really had to work at it, because I had never touched a camera before. I had never done a documentary before. I had never done a planning, logistical project of that sort. So I had to study, read, watch and listen to make this project worth it. It's a wonderful and heartbreaking story at the same time."
Oliver Enjady, director of the documentary, former tribal vice president and a well-known artist, said his son Pascal was raised among the arts and showed a natural gift for the work.
Scott Rushforth, a linguist from New Mexico State University who has worked with the Mescalero for more than 30 years writing down the Apache language, which is not a written language, was enlisted for the documentary.
"He's dedicated his time to speak with elders who no longer are here to write this language down," Pascal Enjady said. "He's almost a tribal member, He's worked that hard to help us and was vital for this project because he had been there and seen these people and he wanted to see justice."
Some surprises"Especially because it is our story, to put it on video for people to see, it was crucial in how we approached it," Pascal Enjady said. "We covered the prisoner of war period from our viewpoint, that we were tricked, we were robbed and wrongfully sent to prison."
Hollywood in television and movies has distorted the Chiricahua's history, romanticizing events, even for his own people, Enjady said.
"It's important as Apache people and Chiricahua descendants that we tell the whole story that Hollywood would back off of," he said. "We are people just like any other and we have a right to live."
The content of messages sent between government officials is what caught Enjady by surprise. The cold calculation was chilling.
"The information when I first started was from a lot of books written," he said. "They quoted telegrams. Once I started, I was able to access some of those telegrams and notes (officials wrote) to each other. It was surprising how much they wanted to wrong the Apache without telling them. They did it. They were ecstatic that (the Chiricahua) all were in Florida and when some were dying in Alabama and they were in Oklahoma 20 years. That viewpoint of the government toward the Apache, I wanted to come out to light."
In fact, one of the early motivations for the documentary was to extract an apology from the government for its actions, he said.
While a one hour and 16 minute version will show Friday, "We have different endings for different purposes for the film," Enjady said. "The longer version has a lot of history and story telling involved in it, but there also is a shorter version that is 25 minutes long geared toward government officials. We are trying to get their support on the project. The initial purposes was to have the documentary in hand to help the Chiricahua people receive an apology from the (United States) government for the mistreatment and nearly genocidal behavior of the government toward the Chiricahua people. They were the only people to spend so much time as prisoners by the government of all wars. It wasn't because Naiche was guilty of a crime, or my great-great-grandfather was guilty of a crime. It was because they were Apache and they were sent to prison."
Unique documentaryAbout 80 people helped with the documentary, including those interviewed and others who performed or provided background songs, Enjady said.
"The really unique part is that the people interviewed, Eugene Chihuahua, Christian Naiche Jr., Berle Kanseah and Elbys Hugar, have all passed away, but we were able to use their words in this documentary," Enjady said. "Here at the language program, they have their own archives, tons of video, tons of interviews. We were able to use some of that for the documentary to make it really special. The prisoner of war talk isn't just in 2013, it's been part of our history for more than a century, 127 years ago. Eugene Chihuahua passed away in 1965, so to have him telling part of the story in the documentary means a lot to us here in Mescalero, This is a very unique documentary and it probably never will be finished. There always will be things to be added, individuals to add, so there is no ending to this and no planned stoppage date. It will be a continuous project and will continue to improve."
While putting together the film, Enjady and crew traveled throughout the Southwest, including Arizona and Oklahoma. Now he will stay on the road for a while to show the documentary to audiences.
"Next week, we're planning to be in Oregon to show the video to some colleges," he said. "This is a story that people want to see, especially coming from Native Americans and Apache filmmakers. It's our story. It covers the trickery in 1886, all the way through the return to Mescalero. It covers San Antonio, Florida, Alabama, and Oklahoma, until the release to Mescalero, a 27-year period."
As for Enjady's possible future in films, he said, "I will continue to work part time at the language program, more videos, more documentary or whatever project comes across the plate. But starting in January, my term as tribal council member begins and I will start serving the people of Mescalero and this will be a project on the side."
Showing to the NM Indian Affairs CommitteeOn October 28, 2013, members of the New Mexico Legislature and the Indian Affairs Committee recently came to the Inn of the Mountain Gods. We screened the shorter version to them and asked for several items from the State of New Mexico. Hopefully in the near future, we will release some news regarding the Chiricahua Apache POW imprisonment period.
The Chiricahuas are coming!We recently came back from a trip to the southern part of the Original Chiricahua Apache Reservation to show and present the Two Year Promise to the citizens of Tombstone Arizona. We did three showings; 10/25, 10/26 and 10/27.
On the second night, we were joined by Jay van Orden and Rebecca Orozco for some questions.
We always enjoy our trip to the Chiricahua Homelands.Written by Justin Sayers Saturday, 26 October 2013 00:35
While Wyatt Earp and Ed Schieffelin are synonymous with Tombstone history, not many people know much about the people who inhabited the area before them.
Members of the Mescalero Apache tribe in Mescalero, N.M. , will visit Tombstone this weekend to show their 75-minute documentary called "2 Year Promise," which tells the story of the displacement of the Chiricahua Apache people in the late 1800s. It will be the first time that the full-length version of the film is shown in Arizona.
Ward 2 Councilman Donald Taylor, who organized the event, said that the idea for the screening came after a friend put a poster for the documentary on Facebook. Taylor said he was able to trace it to Pascal Enjady, the editor, writer and producer of the documentary. After a discussion, they decided to show it in Tombstone.
Taylor said he believes Tombstone is an ideal place to show the documentary because of the historical significance tied to Cochise County.
The film, which is a project of the Mescalero Language Program, will be shown at Schieffelin Hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday's showings will begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday's will start at 1 p.m. Showings are free. After the showings on Friday and Sunday, there will be a Q&-and-A with members of the tribe, which will be moderated by Taylor. On Saturday, there will be a panel discussion featuring Jay Van Orden, formerly of the Arizona Historical Society, and Rebecca Orozco, a history and anthropology teacher at Cochise College.
The documentary tells the story of the more than 500 members of the Chiricahua Apache tribe who were taken as prisoners and forcibly relocated all over the United States. Some of the adults were sent to Florida, and then to Alabama and Oklahoma, while the children were sent to Pennsylvania. Some of them inwent to Apache, Okla., while the rest found a home in Mescalero, N.M., in the early 1900s.
Enjady said that the idea for the documentary came about from the Mescalero Apache tribe as a way to tell parts of history that are not widely known. People know a lot about the American Southwest, but not many people know about the Chiricahuas. It was produced in time to commemorate 100 years of freedom of the Chiricahuas.
Opinions of the Chiricahuas are distorted as a result of misportrayal throughout history and pop culture, Enjady said. Hollywood and history presented the Chircahuas as cowboy movie stereotypes.
The documentary took about seven months to make and was completed in July, according to Enjady.
Enjady said that he worked with Mescalero Language Program to put together the documentary. They had access to hundreds of hours of audio and video from previous years. Half of the people featured in the documentary in the archive footage have died/ Some 40 percent of the documentary is original interviews.
All the Apaches in the documentary "are descendants of the Chiricahuas who were imprisoned," Enjady said. "We are so fortunate that the archives are a collection of the older people speaking."
Enjady said that the documentary uses family stories that have been handed down from generation to generation. The documentary was a way to keep them on record for their descendants.
Enjady added that the film is an on-going process.
"This project is so unique that it will probably never be finished," Enjady said. "We still have a lot more video and audio of people, families and individuals that we will continue to add to create a greater documentary than what it is now."
"There has to be a point where we stop it, but I don't know where that point is at," Enjady said.
There are future screenings scheduled in Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico, according to Enjady.
Enjady said that the Tribe owns the distribution rights and as of now, have not allowed them to sell copies. However, he is hoping that after the tour, they can begin selling DVD copies of the movie.
Cameron UniversityOn October 14, 2013, We were invited by a student at Cameron University to screen the documentary at the college. After some timing constraints, we showed and did a small Q and A with the audience. Some were students. Some were professors. And some were descendants of the Oklahoma Chiricahua Apache.
We are open to more invitations to do lectures, presentations and screenings at Colleges throughout America.
Fort Sill Apache TribeOn October 12, 2013, We showed the Documentary to Members of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe. They were the descendants of the Chiricahuas that stayed in Oklahoma in 1913. They were released as POW's in 1914.
Two Year Promise new Poster!As the extended version is going to be released, the time has come to release the new Movie Poster.
This updated cover will be used in future publications and advertising.
The Two Year Promise is around 1 hour and 15 minutes and adds more to the history of the Chiricahua imprisonment.
Stay tuned for more big news on the Two Year Promise!
Two Year Promise to be feature presentation at the Rodeo NM Heritage Days on September 6!The documentary has been invited by the folks in Rodeo, NM to be the feature presentation in their annual Heritage Days "Celebrating Our Natural and Cultural Heritage" on September 6, 2013.
The presentation will take place on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (New Mexico Time) at the Chiricahua Event Center. A reception will take place, viewing of the documentary and question period will follow.
Sierra Vista The Herald
Southern Arizona News-ExaminerArticle on the Documentary
Two Year Promise on the Radio!On Saturday, August 27, 2013, Pascal Enjady was a radio guest on KVOI 1030 out of Tucson Arizona.
He spoke about the Chiricahuas in general and the Two Year Promise. The interview lasted an hour long and had voice and sound bytes from the documentary.
Please visit this website to hear the interview entirely!
Two Year Promise Screening
Elbys Hugar (1930-2012)"Do not be ashamed of being Apache. Be glad about it. Learn the Apache Way. I grew up with the Apache Way." "Teach your children the Apache way of life so that we can go forward with it in a good way." EH (2004)
In 2004, the National Parks Service was working with the Mescalero Tribe on a similar POW project. Elbys was instrumental in working on the project and provided a lot of good words for us Apache people then, now and for the future. It is hard to comprehend what was lost. But looking back, what she said will be forever etched in our children's minds and that is what is important. This interview, and others, will be included in the extended version.
As much as we feel the world is against us now, just imagine being 1,000 miles from home with no friends in the world. You lost your only homes. Your family members are dying by the day. The Chiricahua people went thru a lot and we should all be grateful that we are still on this earth now.
Berle Kanseah (1938-2004)This young man was one of the ol' timers. His memory was as strong as anyone elses but his heart was where it was at. He was proud of where he came from. He was proud to tell the world about us. He was a true blooded apache in every sense of the word. Respectable. Honorable. True Leader.
In 1988, the Chiricahuas made a special trip to the Sierra Madre and had a blessing feast there. After the trip, Berle sat down and did a video tape recording of that trip and what it meant to him and his family. This video is nearly 25 years old and will make its appearance in the extended version of the Two Year Promise. You can't miss it.
This documentary is made for all apaches... made by apaches. Its the truth. Aint no hollywood trying to tell us what we should be.
Silas Cochise Sr. (1935-2013)"We are a Strong People. We are Good People. And the one we call our Creator... We look up to him. We pray to him. And we call to him. And from that we still have our (Chiricahua Apache) footprints on Earth. " SC
Sounds wonderful in the Apache Language. We were blessed to work with him and we have learned a tremendous amount of knowledge that he passed to us. We want the extended version to be something he would be proud of. He was always willing to give us his thoughts and ideas.
U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce (NM)U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce recently was in Ruidoso, NM and we were able to deliver our first copies to him. I spent a few minutes talking with him about the Chiricahuas and their imprisonment. He was aware of the recent 100 years of freedom. We discussed a few small items and he told me a story about his flag at home. He said he has a POW flag posted at his home. I told him he needs to replace it with my shirt. He said, "DFTC. Don't Forget the Chiricahua". I encouraged him to view the film in its entirety and said he always is flying so he will pop it in and watch it.
As I was speaking with Ruidoso Mayor, Ray Alborn, Pearce again walked by and I told Pearce that Mayor Alborn loved the documentary. Mayor then endorsed the movie to Pearce and told him that it is really touching and he really needs to see it. He said that documentary is better than anything out there!
I spoke with his District Director and going to attempt to set up a meeting with the Chiricahua people on the Mescalero Reservation and discuss the POW experience and what the United States may do to help us out. They were open to the idea!
Wonderful time and hopefully we can start meeting with the entire Arizona and New Mexico delegation!
Two Year Promise Trailer DocumentaryRose Enjady gives a brief description of the Chiricahua Apache Captivity.
In 1886, over 500 Chiricahua Men, Women and Children were sent to prisonAs Chiricahua Apaches fight for their freedom and their right to exist, a greater power called the United States of America wanted to rid the Chiricahua Apache of their homeland, beliefs and culture. As it is noted, the Chiricahuas were the fiercest of all Native American Fighting Groups and did not go down without a fight. Thru trickery, lies, deceit, and the TWO YEAR PROMISE the United States was able to remove the Chiricahuas from the American Southwest completely and nearly destroy their culture. Thru twenty-seven years of imprisonment, the Chiricahua people still exist today and are still able to tell their stories of survival.
Two Year Promise is Seeking DonationsTo fully complete the project, the Two Year Promise documentary is actively seeking donations to conduct interviews, travel to sites and complete editing. Any contribution is appreciated and will go the finished project.
Apache Alliance V- NDee La Ade "Gathering of the People"
Whiteriver ArizonaThe crew was invited to screen the Two Year Promise at the Hon-Dah Resort and Casino in Hondah Arizona on May 9, 2013. Present were representatives from various Apache nations such as Mescalero, Fort Sill, San Carlos, White Mountain, Yavapai-Apache, Jicarilla, Tonto, Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and Fort McDowell Yavapai Apache Nation.
The convention room was full of dignitaries, guests and community members. We talked lightly on the movie before it started and sat thru the screening.
Upon completion, the film was met with a grand round of applause. Very welcoming.
Pascal Enjady encouraged the Apache Alliance to support the project and its future endeavors.
After the screening, Pascal and Oliver Enjady were given the floor to sing a Mescalero round dance for the convention. It was an honor to do.
Next stop: Unknown.
Edwin Sweeney- Respected author gives his thumbs up on the project!
Pascal Enjady & Bill Cavaliere on location in the Chiricahua Mountains. Bill is a noted historian in southeastern Arizona and does lectures on the Chiricahua Apache people.
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