The Apache Kid’s Neck Mojo

Illustration by Bob Boze Bell

In the Apache war culture of old, a warrior would take from those he vanquished: a ring,
a crucifix, or some other personal ornament and wear it around his neck as good medicine. After many years living as an outlaw in the Sierra Madre of Old Mexico, the Apache Kid accumulated quite a lot of neck mojo. By the 1890s he had become a dark folk hero. He was living off the land, raiding when he felt like it, and living the old Apache way. He was never caught.

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