Don't Let the Sun Step Over You
A White Mountain Apache Family Life, 1860–1975
In a voice that is spare, factual, and unflinchingly direct, Mrs. Watt reveals how the Western Apaches carried on in the face of poverty, hardship, and disease. Her interpretation of her people’s past is a diverse assemblage of recounted events, biographical sketches, and cultural descriptions that bring to life a vanished time and the men and women who lived it to the fullest. We share her and her family’s travels and troubles. We learn how the Apache people struggled daily to find work, shelter, food, health, laughter, solace, and everything else that people in any community seek.
Richly illustrated with more than 50 photographs, Don’t Let the Sun Step Over You is a rare and remarkable book that affords a view of the past that few have seen before—a wholly Apache view, unsettling yet uplifting, which weighs upon the mind and educates the heart.
"Readers will find her unaffected honesty as enlightening as it is refreshing."—San Diego Union-Tribune
"This outstanding account of an Apache woman remembering her family stories is a gem."—CHOICE Magazine
“Her voice rings so clearly in the stories about three generations of her family that reading her words is almost as good as sitting at her kitchen table.”—Western Historical Quarterly