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"Vaquieros" was a Spanish name for an Apache band of what is now Texas and New Mexico. It comes from the Spanish word for "cow," vaca, and was given to them because of their buffalo hunting lifestyle. The Vaquieros were a Lipan Apache band, speakers of the Eastern Apache language. The Vaquiero tribe does not exist as a political entity anymore; most Vaquiero descendants are members of the Lipan Nation today, while others live among the Mescaleros.

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

 Vaquieros Apache language
 Apache tribes
 Apache pronunciation
 Athabaskan languages
 Southwestern Indian

Here are a few good books about the Vaquieros:
 Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians
 Wisdom Sits In Places
 Western Apache-English Dictionary

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