Nakaidoklini (American Indians Ready Reference)
Article abstract: Nakaidoklini was an Apache prophet whose murder precipitated the final stage of the Apache Wars.
At the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona, Nakaidoklini prophesied the resurrection of dead warriors through the practice of a new dance. The ritual was performed with Nakaidoklini standing in the center of a group of dancing warriors, anointing them with sacred pollen. In June, 1881, he announced his intention of performing a dance designed to resurrect two chiefs who would aid Apaches in their struggles against whites.
After Nakaidoklini reputedly claimed that his resurrection dance would fail because of white presence in the region, Fort Apache's commander, Colonel E. A. Carr, was ordered to arrest or kill him. Failing to lure him to the reservation, on August 30, 1881, Carr led cavalry troops and twenty-three White Mountain Apache scouts to Nakaidoklini's village. Although he surrendered, the White Mountain scouts rebelled; fighting ensued and Nakaidoklini was killed.
In retaliation, Nakaidoklini's followers attacked Fort Apache, precipitating a new phase of Apache Wars.
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