Apache Tears is a Black Obsidian, but not all Black Obsidians are Apache Tears. Apache Tears are formed when the volcanic glass is being thrown up into the air, giving them a much less glassy and more rough appearance. Apache Tears is a natural volcanic glass.
Apache Tears' namesake alludes to a deeply tragic event involving the indigenous Apache people in Arizona. History tells of a party of seventy-five Apache warriors tasked with defending their homes and land against invading white colonizers.
As the confrontation escalated the Apache warriors found themselves the target of a large cavalry unit tasked with hunting down and eliminating them. The warriors rode to the top of a pink-hued mountain, from which there would be no escape, to make their final stand. Their backs against a sheer drop, hundreds of feet from the desert floor, the warriors stoically faced their aggressors. In a single round of gunfire, fifty of the brave Apache warriors fell.
The remaining warriors, knowing there was no way out, faced death on their own terms by riding their horses straight over the edge of the mountain. The surviving Apache, mothers, wives, and children, would later arrive to mourn the lost warriors. As they wept, each bitter tear that fell upon the dry desert earth turned to black stone; these would come to be known as the tears of the Apache. It’s said that those who discover one of these stones beneath Apache Leap Mountain will no longer have a need for tears because of the grief already poured out by the Apache people that day.
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