tors] doesn’t fully explain the chil-

dren’s attitudes,” Zesch said. “About

half the children were captured by

violence and some saw members of

their family killed, but the circum-

stances seemed to have no difference

on their ability to assimilate.”

     As for the youngsters’ acceptance

of violence, Zesch pointed out that

frontier life was dangerous in both

cultures. The children’s perception of

the enemy simply changed depend-

ing on who was protecting them.

Adolph never recounted his experi-

ences, but other abductees did. As

Clinton Smith said in The Boy Captives,

“I considered myself an Indian, and

an Indian I would be” (distributed

by Allen Smith Jr., 1-888-926-1865).

     Life as an Indian, particularly as a

Comanche—Apaches were morose,

according to one narrative—was in

many ways better for the children

than their lives as hard-laboring

homesteaders. At home they worked

from dawn to dusk clearing fields,

hauling water, helping their families

in survival mode. There was little

time for play or education, or even

much parental affection, according

to some of the children. By contrast,

“Indian parents spent quality time

with the children,” Zesch said.

Banc Babb, a girl snatched from

her family at age 10, explained that

her chores in the Comanche camp

were light—gathering wood, fetch-



ing water, and helping to move

camp. “Every day seemed to be a

holiday. Children came to play with

me and tried to make me welcome

into their kind of life,” she wrote.

    The boys led the pampered lives

of male warriors. Their duties were

to become good horsemen, hunters

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