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Mogollones (Mogollon Apaches)
There are two different Native American tribes referred to as "Mogollon" in English:
1) The ancient Mogollon Culture, a prehistoric indigenous group of the American Southwest. Their
civilization flourished between 300-1250 AD.
2) The Mogollon Apaches, a historic Chiricahua Apache band of New Mexico also known as
the Gilan Apaches. They merged with other
Chiricahua bands, and most Mogollon Apache descendents live in Oklahoma today.
Both of these civilizations got their names because of their proximity to the Mogollon Mountains.
"Mogollon" is not a Native American word; the mountain range was named after a Spanish politician,
Governor Flores Mogollón. Neither of these two Native groups referred to themselves as Mogollon
before colonization. The Mogollon Apache
called themselves Bidanku or Nde, and the original name of the ancient Mogollones is not known.
Here are links to our webpages about the Mogollon tribe and language:
Native Americans in the Southwest
Here are links to more Internet resources about the Mogollon people:
Prehistoric Desert Peoples: The Mogollon
Meet the Mogollons
Wikipedia: Mogollon culture
And here are a few good books about the Mogollones:
Mogollon Culture in the Forestdale Valley
Mimbres Mogollon Archaeology
Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians
Women of the Apache Nation: Voices of Truth
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