In the 1870s, the military launched a surprise attack against an Apache tribe. The attack took place on a cliff that overlooks what is now Superior, Arizona. Nearly 50 of the band of 75 Apaches were killed immediately. Facing defeat, the remaining Apache warriors rode their horses off the cliff face to their deaths rather than be killed by the white man.
The Apache Women and family of those who had died gathered a short distance from the base of the cliff, and for a moon they wept for their dead. The legends goes that:
Their sadness was so great, and their burden of sorrow so sincere that the Great Father imbedded into black stones the tears of the Apache Women who mourned their dead. These black obsidian stones, when held to the light, reveal the translucent tear of the Apache. FirstPeople
It is said that whoever owns an Apache Tear Drop will never have to cry again, for the Apache Women have shed their tears in place of yours.
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