Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians

Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians

Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians

Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians

Synopsis

See another side of the Apache warrior Geronimoaeas father, businessman, farmer, celebrity, and spiritual leader. Learn how Apaches understand the celestial sphere. Read about Apache views on the environment in the era of global climate change. These and other fascinating insights bring contemporary Apache culture alive

Excerpt

The invitation to participate as a contributor to this series by Greenwood Press was an honor for me. I first saw this as a unique opportunity to help reshape Apache history from historical accounts that were either full of stereotypes or were condescending. I was particularly impressed with the idea of reaching a very wide audience, especially high school students. It is my belief that one’s impressions of history, good or bad, are formed when one is in high school. I wrote this account with them in mind. It is a concise guide to Apache cultural, social, and economic history that spans from colonial to modern times. Following the historical Apache trail through time can be daunting, and this account will clarify and elucidate the complex mosaic of Apache life and history into contemporary times.

The focus of this book is on the modern lifestyles of the eight Apache tribes of Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma in all their dimensions, layers, and depth. It will provide an easy way to understand Apache religion without all the mysticism or apologies, but as a legitimate worldview based on a high respect for nature. The artistic expression of the Apache as reflected in art, music, dance, dress, cuisine, will be presented as a link between the past and the present. The social context within which the role of family and tribal identity thrives or is diminished will be presented.

It is almost impossible to provide an account of modern times without the historical context. There are unique circumstances that explain how and why . . .

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