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Geronimo (1829 - 1909)

We had no churches, no religious organizations, no sabbath day,
no holidays, and yet we worshipped. Sometimes the whole tribe
would assemble and sing and pray; sometimes a smaller number,
perhaps only two or three. The songs had a few words, but were
not formal. The singer would occasionally put in such words as
he wished instead of the usual tone sound.
Sometimes we prayed in silence; sometimes each prayed aloud;
sometimes an aged person prayed for all of us. At other times
one would rise and speak to us of our duties to each other
and to Usen. Our services were short.

(Chiricahua Apache chief)

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