This is our story. This is our blood. This is the truth.
Central Oregon Community College
November 19, 2013
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 Showing
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 11/12/2013
Not often does an opportunity open to listen to the personal viewpoints of those affected by a historical event.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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
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."
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."
in television and movies has distorted the Chiricahua's history,
romanticizing events, even for his own people, Enjady said.
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.
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."
fact, one of the early motivations for the documentary was to extract
an apology from the government for its actions, he said.
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
documentaryAbout 80 people helped with the documentary, including those
interviewed and others who performed or provided background songs,
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."
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.
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."
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 Committee
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!
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
Wyatt Earp and Ed Schieffelin are synonymous with Tombstone history,
not many people know much about the people who inhabited the area before
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.
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.
said he believes Tombstone is an ideal place to show the documentary
because of the historical significance tied to Cochise County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
We are open to more invitations to do lectures, presentations and screenings at Colleges throughout America.
Fort Sill Apache Tribe
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!
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-Examiner
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!http://www.voicesofthewest.net/voices-of-the-west-08-17-13/
Two Year Promise Screening
Elbys Hugar (1930-2012)
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)
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)
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
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 Documentary
Rose Enjady gives a brief description of the Chiricahua Apache Captivity.
In 1886, over 500 Chiricahua Men, Women and Children were sent to prison
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 Donations
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
Apache Alliance V- NDee La Ade "Gathering of the People"
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.
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
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