American Indian languages
Native American people
There are two different Native American tribes referred to as "Mimbres" in English:
1) The Mimbres Mogollon, a prehistoric indigenous group of the American Southwest. Their
civilization flourished between 100-1250 AD.
2) The Mimbres Apaches, a historic
Chiricahua Apache band of New Mexico also known as
the Mimbreños. They merged with other
Chiricahua bands, and most Mimbres Apache descendents live in Oklahoma today.
Both of these civilizations got their names because of their proximity to the Mimbres River. "Mimbres" is the Spanish word for
desert willows, which grow along the banks of this river.
Neither of these two Native groups referred to themselves as Mimbres before colonization. The Mimbres Apache
called themselves Chihende, and the original name of the ancient Mimbres Mogollones is not known.
Here are links to our webpages about the Mimbres tribe and language:
Mimbre Apache language
The Southwest Indians
Here are links to more Internet resources about the Mimbres Apaches:
Mimbreños Apache tribe
Chiricahua and Mimbres History
And here are a few good books about the Mimbres:
Mimbres Mogollon Archaeology
Victorio and the Mimbres Apaches
Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians
Wisdom Sits In Places
Western Apache-English Dictionary
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