Bedonkohe band of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. While well known, Geronimo was not geronimo chief among the Chiricahua or the Bedonkohe band. At any one time, about 30 to 50 Apaches would be following him. However, since he was a superb leader in raiding and warfare he frequently led large numbers of men and women beyond his own following.
During Geronimo’s final period of conflict from 1876 to 1886 he “surrendered” three times and accepted life on the Apache reservations in Arizona. In 1886, after an intense pursuit in Northern Mexico by U. Geronimo’s third 1885 reservation “breakout”, Geronimo surrendered for the last time to Lt. Charles Bare Gatewood, an Apache-speaking West Point graduate who had earned Geronimo’s respect a few years before. In his old age, Geronimo became a celebrity.
He appeared at fairs, including the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, where he reportedly rode a ferris wheel and sold souvenirs and photographs of himself. However, he was not allowed to return to the land of his birth. Apache is the collective term for several culturally related groups of Native Americans originally from the Southwest United States. Among Geronimo’s own Chiricahua tribe many had mixed feelings about him.