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Apache Indian Culture and History

As a complement to our Apache language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Apache tribe and their society.

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Please note that Apaches and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Apache history is interesting and important, but the Apache Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Apache Websites

Apache Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Apache Indian language.
Apache Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Apache culture.
Apache Legends:
    Collection of Apache Indian legends and folktales.

Apache Tribal and Community Websites

Official homepages of individual Apache nations in the United States, with information about tribal leadership, services, and events:
Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico;

Yavapai-Apache Nation, Arizona;

White Mountain Apache Tribe, Arizona;

San Carlos Apache/Nde Nation, Arizona;

Lipan Apache Tribe, Texas

Fort Sill Apache Tribe, Oklahoma

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation:
    Homepage of the Fort McDowell Tribe, which Apache people share with the Yavapai and Mojave.
Mescalero Apache Tribal Historic Preservation Office:
    Tribal organization dedicated to the protection of Mescalero, Chiricahua, and Lipan Apache culture.
Apache Gold Casino * Ft. Sill Apache Casino:
    Homepages of Apache tribal casinos.

Books for sale on the Apaches

Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians:
    Excellent introduction to the Apache Indian culture past and present, by a Jicarilla author.
Wisdom Sits In Places:
    Interesting book for sale about the Apache language, culture, and worldview.
Putting a Song on Top of It: Expression and Identity on the San Carlos Apache Reservation:
    Good book about the importance of language, music, and humor among the San Carlos Apaches.
Tales of the Chiricahua Apache Indians * Tales of the White Mountain Apache * Tales of the Jicarilla Apache Indians:
    Collections of Apache myths and legends.
In the Days of Victorio: Recollections of a Warm Springs Apache * Apache Voices: Their Stories of Survival:
    Indeh: An Apache Odyssey * Through Apache Eyes: Verbal History of the Apache Struggle:
    Fascinating books of oral history recorded from Apache elders.
Once They Moved Like the Wind * Forgetting and Remembering Apache History * Apache Wars: The Final Resistance:
    Some good history books on the Apache Wars of the late 1800's.
Chiricahua Apache Women and Children: Safekeepers of the Heritage * Women of the Apache Nation: Voices of Truth:
    Interesting books on Chiricahua culture from the female perspective.
Geronimo: The Man, His Time, His Place * Geronimo and the End of the Apache Wars * Cochise, Chiricahua Chief
    Chief Loco, Apache Peacemaker: * Warrior Woman: The Story of Lozen: * Victorio: Apache Warrior and Chief:
    Good biographies of prominent Apache leaders.
    Excellent historical fiction by a Native American author based on the life of the Apache warrior Geronimo.
Apache Indian Baskets:
    Coffee table book with pictures and descriptions of Apache Indian basketry.
Autobiography of a Kiowa Apache Indian:
    Interesting book by 19th-century Kiowa-Apache author Jim Whitewolf.
The Apache Indians * The Apache:
    Children's books about the Apache Indian tribe.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Apaches and American Indians in general.

Maps of Apache Lands

Land of the Ndee:
    Map showing the location of the Jicarilla, Mescalero, Chiricahua, and Western Apaches.
Texas Indian Maps:
    Tribal map showing the original territory of the Apache Indians and their neighbors in Texas.
Virtual Museum of New France: Plains Indians:
    Historical maps and articles about the Apache, Wichita, Arikara, and other Plains Indian tribes.

Apache Lifestyle and Tradition

The Apaches * Chiricahua Apache:
    Articles on Apache culture and history.
The Apache Indians:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Apache tribe.
Tribal Amusements, Manners, and Customs:
    Narration by the Chiricahua leader Geronimo about Apache culture and traditional life.
The Texas Apaches:
    Photographs and cultural overview of the Apache Indians of Texas.
Apache Jii Day:
    Page for kids on Apache culture, with photos from a San Carlos cultural festival.
Apache Indian Clothes * Indian Clothing * Indian Hair Styles:
    Pictures of traditional Apache Indian clothing and hair.
Apache Gesatho Recipe * Nopalitos (Prickly Pear) * Apache Acorn Stew * Mescalero Apache Potato Pie:
    Traditional Apache food recipes.
San Carlos Apache Flag * Fort McDowell Reservation Flag * San Carlos Tribe Flag:
    Apache tribal flags.
Apache License Plates * Apache Tribe License Plate:
    Oklahoma Apache license plate.
Apache Native Americans:
    Simple information on the Apache Indians, written for kids.
The Apache Indians:
    Tribal profile, historical timeline, and links.

Apache Religion and Myth

Native American Religion:
    Advice for people researching traditional Apache religion and other American Indian spirituality.
Apache Indian Religion:
    Narration by the Chiricahua Apache leader Geronimo on his people's beliefs about the afterlife.
Dancing Gods:
    Complete text of a book about Navajo, Apache and Pueblo dances and rituals.
Three Lipan Apache Songs:
    Traditional Apache blessing chants in Apache and English.
Western Apache Religion and Expressive Culture * Mescalero Apache Religion and Culture * Lipan Apache Religion and Culture:
    Articles on Apache ceremonies and religious traditions in three different culture areas.
Apache Legends:
    Collection of Apache Indian legends and folktales.

Apache Literature and Arts

Apache Authors * Jicarilla Apache Authors:
    Profiles of twelve Apache Indian writers, their lives and work.
Harris Burnette Music:
    Songs performed by a White Mountain Apache musician.
Native American Art:
    Information, photographs and links about Apache and other native art.
Apache Crown Dancers * San Carlos Apache Sunrise Dance* Apache Medicine Dance:
    Websites featuring Apache dance traditions.

Apache Politics, Issues, and News

Apache Times:
    Online newspaper of the San Carlos Apache tribe.
Desert Wind:
    Lipan Apache online newsletter.

Apache History and Biography

Geronimo: His Own Story:
    Online text of the Chiricahua leader's autobiography, giving the Apache view of the wars with the Mexicans and Americans.
Geronimo, Chiricahua Apache: * Geronimo * Geronimo and the End of the Apache Wars:
    Other articles and books about the famous warrior Geronimo (Goyathlay.)
Cochise, Chief of the Apaches * Cochise * Cochise, Chiricahua Apache Chief:
    Information about the Apache Indian chief Cochise.
Chief Mangas Coloradas * Mangas Coloradas * Mangas Coloradas: Chief of the Chiricahua Apaches:
    Chiricahua Apache chief Mangas Coloradas (Red Sleeves.)
Woman Spirit: Lozen: * Lozen * Warrior Woman: The Story of Lozen, Apache Warrior and Shaman:
    Articles about the Chiricahua warrior woman Lozen.
Chief Victorio * Chief Loco * Juh, Chiricahua Apache:
    Information about other important Apache leaders of the 19th century.
Chiricahua Tribal Leaders * Apache Warriors * Apache Women:
    Biographies of famous Apache historical figures in general.
Apache Tribes History:
    Brief overview of Apache Indian history.

Apache Genealogy

Apache Genealogy Forums:
    Messageboards for Apache Indian descendants.
Access Genealogy: Apache Tribe:
    Article on Apache history and genealogy.
American Indian Heritage:
    Direction for those seeking Apache and other Native American ancestors.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Apache People * Wikipedia: Apache * Jicarilla Apache * Kiowa Apache * Tonto Apache * Chiricahua Apache:
  Mescalero Apache * Lipan Apaches * Plains Apache: * Apache Tribe:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Apache tribes.
  Apache Indians * Apache Indian Research * Apache: * Apache Resources:
  Apache links pages.
  Jicarilla * Chiricahua * Mescalero * Lipan * Plains Apache * Tonto Apache * White Mountain Apache:
  San Carlos Apache * Yavapai-Apache * Fort Sill Apache * Western Apache * Eastern Apache:
  Links pages for specific Apache tribes and bands.
  Los Apaches * Los Apache:
  Information about the Apache tribe in Spanish.
  Apache Tribe:
  Apache Indian books.

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