Plains of Blood
The Shis-Inday (“People of the Mountain Forests”) or Mashgalénde (“People close to the mountains”) are a band of Apaches that range in an area between the Rio Grande in the west and the eastern and southern edge of the Llano Estacado and the southern Texas Panhandle in Texas in the east. From Santa Fe in the northwest and the Texas Panhandle in the northeast deep down to the Mexican provinces of Chihuahua and Coahuila to the south.
They are called the Mescaleros by the Spanish because of their use of the mescal agave plant as a staple source of food especially in times of need and hunger.
A primarily nomadic mountain people they range all over to the arid plains to hunt the buffalo and south into the desert for gathering mescal. With the arrival of the English and the Spanish and the subsequent decimation of the buffalo and other game, the Mescalero, along with the other Apache groups, have taken to raiding settlements in order to make ends meet. They do not differentiate between Spanish, Mexicans or Americans targeting them all equally.