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Mimbres (Mimbre)

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.


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Here are links to our webpages about the Mimbres tribe and language:

 Mimbre Apache language
 Apache culture
 Apache Indians
 Apache pronunciation
 Athabascan
 The Southwest Indians

Here are links to more Internet resources about the Mimbres Apaches:
 Mimbreños Apache tribe
 Chiricahua and Mimbres History
 Wikipedia: Mimbres

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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