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Apache Chief Mangas Coloradas (Red Sleeves)

Mangas Coloradas was an important 19th-century Apache chief and war hero. He was a tribal leader of the Chihende band of the Chiricahua Apaches, located in what is now Arizona and New Mexico, and at the height of his power acted as principal chief for most of the Chiricahua people. His daughters were married to the equally important Chiricahua leaders Cochise and Victorio. Mangas Coloradas was one of the driving forces during the Apache Wars, renowned for his military resistance against both Mexican and American forces.

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Mangas Coloradas's real name was said to be Dasoda-hae or Dasodaha, which means "sits in place" in Chiricahua Apache, but he was also known by the war sobriquet Kan-da-zis Tlishishen, "red shirt," which the Mexicans translated into "Mangas Coloradas" ("red sleeves.")

Books about Mangas Coloradas

Mangas Coloradas: Chief of the Chiricahua Apaches:
    Biography of Mangas Coloradas for sale online.
Once They Moved Like The Wind:
    Excellent overview of the Apache rebellion and the men and women who fought in it.

Mangas Coloradas Resources

Here are some links to online information about Mangas Coloradas:
 Mangas Coloradas: Red Sleeves
 The Night They Shot Mangas Coloradas
 Chiricahua Tribal Leaders
 Wikipedia: Mangas Coloradas

And here are our webpages about the Apache tribe and language:
 Apache people
 Apache tribes
 New Mexico tribes
 Southwest crafts
 Athabaskan languages

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