"There is to be a ceremony. Tonight, I will make Mountain Spirits for you. The ceremony lasts four nights; I will make for you something you have never seen before. Therefore, all of you go there."he said to them.
"It is well. It is well that you be grateful for that which the man is to do for us which we have never seen before. It is proper that we do for the man whatever the man tells us."they said to one another as they talked to one another.
"Therefore, all of you, every last one of you, will go there."they said to one another.
"My brothers, my sisters:he said to them.
I will make these Mountain Spirits that I'm going to make far away over there at the foot of the mountain2. So advise your children [and] your relatives well.
No one is to come close to these Mountain Spirits which I will make [and] decorate.
Do not call these people I will make into Mountain Spirits by their names even if you recognize them.
My relatives, it is dangerous [for] anyone to speak [so]. Forbid your children [to do so].
No one is to go where these Mountain Spirits are being decorated.
No one is to look at them3. If you see them only at twilight coming out to the fire, it is perfectly all right. But treat them with respect4.
No one is to speak carelessly. Forbid your children [to do so].
No one is to say anything. It is dangerous [for] anyone to speak thus.
My relatives, I plead with you."
"That is he who is called so and so."she said.
"'No one is to say anything' I told you; I made this known to you in a good way.he said to the people.
It is said that someone has already spoken improperly [and] dangerously.
Now then, I can in no way make things good again for you.
One young girl, while the Mountain Spirits were dancing a while ago, called someone that she recognized by name. I can in no way make things [right] again for you,"
"Anyhow, help her for us with all your power. [Then] nothing will happen to us."they said to that man.
"This girl who has spoken improperly will not be ours at sunrise on the morning [after] the fourth night of this ceremony, they say to us.
Right before your faces just as you are looking on, they will kill her, they say to us.
I am unable to make it as it was for you.
Long ago, at the very beginning, I made this known to you in a good way. 'No one is to speak so,' I said to you."
"The morning [after] the fourth night of this ceremony has been finished, put that girl who spoke improperly into a hole you will dig under the fire that lies there where the Mountain Spirits are dancing,"he said to him.10
"Go ahead, have a good time. One can do nothing. Only on the morning [after] the fourth night will [anything] be known,"he said to them.
The Mountain Spirits are a race of supernaturals who dwell within the interiors of many mountains, according to Chiricahua Apache belief. There they are said to live and conduct their affairs much as the Apache used to do in aboriginal times. The Mountain Spirits conduct a dance and ceremony in which some of their men are masked and appear with their bodies painted in various patterns. Occasionally an Apache is fortunate enough to have a supernatural experience with the Mountain Spirits of a particular mountain, to witness the performances of these masked supernaturals, and to be instructed in the songs, designs, and prayers which belong to the rite. After this Apache returns to the world outside, and to his own people, he masks and paints Apache men in imitation of the supernaturals he has seen, and sends them out to dance at times of widespread sickness or impending disaster. This procedure or rite is expected to establish rapport between the shaman and the original supernaturals from whom he gained his power, and to enlist the aid of the Mountain Spirits in the emergency which confronts the encampment.
Formerly, as this text and others which follow indicate, the real Mountain Spirits sometimes came out upon this world in person to punish those who have profaned their rite or to succor Apache in need of their assistance. Now it is said that only those appear who are "made" or dressed in imitation of the true Mountain Spirits. These Apache masked dancers, however, are called g3h4, just as are the masked supernaturals of the mountains. [See also Ethnological note to Chircahua text 40, note 1 and following.]