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Headcanon for the Apache Tracker: When he was a child, his mother left him to play in the sand wastes one day (as Night Vale parents are wont to do), and there he met a very confused spirit animal who assumed he was on a vision quest.
(forgive the poor thing. When you’re used to navigating by the stars and enter the Night Vale city limits, mistakes can happen)
By the time the mistake had been cleared up, they’d passed the ‘No backsies’ point of the ritual and thus the kid learned ancient “Indian” magics. The spirit animal facepalmed inwardly and made sure to toss in a lesson on using powers responsibly.
When his mother picked him up at the end of the day, he informed her he now wanted to be known as the Apache Tracker. Since this is Night Vale, having your child declare they want to be known by a new name isn’t anything to be concerned about as long as they aren’t demanding tribute and she went along with it, and soon the proper paperwork was processed for this to become his legal name. Yes, his legal first name was ‘The’.
He wanted to learn more about what he saw as his new heritage, but since municipally approved books tended to be vague about the days prior to the arrival of the founders and actual Native Americans tended to find his story both unlikely and offensive, his main sources of information were old cartoons and Lone Ranger repeats.
At least within my brain, this makes perfect sense since it explains why Cecil always refers to him as ‘The Apache Tracker’ instead of, say, “That jerk Mike who refers to himself as the Apache Tracker”, why he seemed to demonstrate actual magic, and why he was both a do-gooder and horribly culturally appropriative. I’m not trying to excuse his wearing of a comically racist headdress so much as work out a way that it could ever have seemed like a good idea to him.