Daughter of Geronimo c.1900. - Lena Geronimo was born in 1886 in Fort Marion, St. Augustine, FL, while her father was a prisoner there. The medical staff gave her the name Marion, after the fort, but she took the name Lenna upon returning to the Southwest. Lenna Geronimo, the daughter of Geronimo and wife Ih-tedda, a Mescalero Apache, was the full sister of Robert Geronimo, Geronimo's only living son. Lenna was Bedonkohe-Mescalero.
"I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I was living peaceably when people began to speak bad of me. Now I can eat well, sleep well and be glad. I can go everywhere with a good feeling. The soldiers never explained to the government when an Indian was wronged, but reported the misdeeds of the Indians. We took an oath not to do any wrong to each other or to scheme against each other."
Yanozha, brother of Geronimo. Geronimo was born to the Bedonkohe band of the Apache, near Turkey Creek, a tributary of the Gila River in the modern-day state of New Mexico, then claimed by Mexico. His grandfather (Mahko) had been chief of the Bedonkohe Apache. Geronimo had three brothers and four sisters.
Collection Name: George A. Addison Studio Photographic Collection Creator: Irwin, William E. Title: Geronimo posed with headdress and medicine bonnet Title Type: Applied Title Date: 1895 ca. Publisher: George A. Addison Place: Chickasha, IT Physical Description: Cabinet photograph, b, 7x5 in. Notes: Probable Irwin copy print; vintage notation by Addison's daughter Laura re: photograph Names: Geronimo, 1829-1909 Subject: Portrait photographs; Apache Indians-Oklahoma
Irwin: A cabinet card photograph of Geronimo by Livingstone of Hobart, Oklahoma. A silver gelatin image with the photographer's blindstamp on grey mount. A classic Indian Territory portrait of Geronimo holding a CSA Dance Brothers dragoon revolver. We have also seen this image attributed to Irwin, and this is likely a copy.
The tragedy continues: The Denver Public Library also has their record for the famous Irwin photograph of Geronimo incorrectly attributed to a non-existent "Irwin H. Mankins". Irwin owned a photography studio in Chickasha Indian Territoris with Mankins, and the studio printed "Irwin & Mankins" at the bottom of their photographic prints (cabinet cards). There was no such person as Irwin H. Mankins. The H is an ampersand (&). I have no idea how to request a change of attribution to set this right.