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Old 01-31-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Apache Tears.... cool stuff.

Finished stones:



We spent the day searching for, and finding a bunch of neat Volcanic stones, I bought Sue a stone polisher, so she is making them purty...

Stones we found (A bunch!) and pictures of polished stones.
Our good friends Mac and Kathy (Wepull MOC) and Sue and I went out finding them today:
https://picasaweb.google.com/Jimsue13/ApacheTears02?authuser=0&feat=directlink

The Apache Tears story:
In the late 1870 a group of Apache Indians after several raids to steal cattle for food, were cornered by the US Cavalry at the top of a mount. Hugely outnumbered, out of arrows and so having no means to defend themselves, the proud Apache warriors chose to leap to their deaths rather than surrender to the enemy and suffer a fate which to them was far worse.

When the Apache women found their loved ones at the foot of the cliffs they were grief stricken beyond belief and cried for a whole moon. So sincere were their tears that the Apache gods turned them to dark translucent stone as they hit the earth and it is these stones that we now know as Apache Tears.

It is said that to give a friend or loved one an Apache Tear is to give them good luck and that they will never have a need to cry because the Apache women had already cried the tears for them.

Apache Tears are strong stones for spiritual grounding and they are also powerful for psychic protection. They will raise your ability to recognize the approach of menacing situations, where you may be at risk. Like other types of Black Obsidian... they will absorb negative energy. This makes Apache Tears powerful tools to cleanse your auric field of negativity.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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Nice polishing job Sue! What are they on??? I can't tell? Is that an earring or a ring? Beautiful!
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:34 PM   #3
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That story is close but not exactly correct. We live at the base of Picket Post mountain where the Cavalry was stationed to watch for the indians. It was the settlers and the Pima indians who followed them up on the Mesa and began the killing. The rest of the story is correct. Apache leap is the next set of mountains to the east of us so the story gets told when we give tours. It is a volcanic mountain so the obsidian is found naturally on the rocks below the cliff where the Apaches jumped. The commander of the Cavalry lost his job over not controlling the incident.
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Carol, that was a stock picture showing the potential of the stones. Sue is in the process of polishing the new stones now. We bought a vibrating polisher in Q for all different stones.
Dick, I think it is a legend, and the story always varies with a legend.
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True, but it's always the same for the Apache. I also have learned and have to teach Aboriginal history (we have a large Australian exhibit). Different stories, same endings.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:42 AM   #6
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When I researched the story, I read about 5 different ones explaining the legend, I picked one of them.
The details don't change the neat story much, and who was around to know the real account...
To say that story was not exactly correct would require interviewing the persons that lived the event. I don't think they are around now.
I bet you could interrogate 50 people on site 5 years later, you would get as many stories.
Ask any police Detective about eyewitness accounts... actually you were a peace officer, you can see where I am coming from.
I would have said that the story is not correct from what I have learned reading about it, and doing this winter assignment, but that is just me.
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We had a stone tumbler several years ago and BOY it really takes a long time to smooth out a stone. I figured that if I started tumbling a stone at age 60 it should be done about the time I go on Medicare!
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Ha! it does take a long time. Good thing I have taught Sue patience..
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hay OZZ I havent seen them in years. when I was a boy scout leader we gave them to the boys for earning a hiking merit badge. it gave them a little more drive to complete the task for the badge.
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Where did you live then Don? I think they only come from a certain area around here, but not positive on that.
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When tumbling apache tears most tumblers need a buffer so they don't chip. So remember before you become a rockhound when go collecting take a bucket of marbles and every time you put a rock in your bucket throw out a marble and when you have lost all your marbles you are a rockhound.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:28 AM   #12
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Ha! I will tell Sue that one. We drove over 100 miles out in the Desert yesterday finding rocks. I think I may have lost mine..
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