American Indian language
American Indian people
American Indian art
Lozen: Apache Warrior Woman
Lozen was a 19th-century Apache medicine woman and war leader.
She was a spiritual leader of the Chihende band of the Chiricahua Apaches (also known as
the Mimbres or Warm Springs Apaches), located in what is now New Mexico.
Lozen was the sister of the Warm Springs Apache chief
Victorio, who respected her greatly
and was quoted as referring to her as his "right hand" in battle. Besides being a capable warrior, Lozen was important to the Apache
forces for her skill at military strategy and her medicine powers, which the other warriors believed gave her sixth sense about enemy
movements or even invulnerability in combat.
The name "Lozen" was an Apache war title, meaning one who has stolen horses in a raid.
Many Apache people of the time period went by titles or nicknames
in public and used their Indian names sparingly, believing that this conserved
their spiritual power. To the best of our knowledge Lozen's personal name is not known.
Books about Lozen
Warrior Woman: The Story of Lozen:
Biography of Lozen for sale online.
Once They Moved Like The Wind:
Excellent overview of the Apache rebellion and the men and women who fought in it.
Here are some links to online information about Lozen:
Lozen, Woman Warrior
Lozen, Chiricahua Apache
Woman Spirit: Lozen
And here are our webpages about the Apache tribe and language:
New Mexico Native Americans
Back to our American Indian encyclopedia
Would you like to help support our organization's work with endangered American Indian languages?
Native Languages of the Americas website © 1998-2015 Contacts and FAQ page