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Vaquero Apaches (Vaqueros)

"Vaquero" was a Spanish name for an Apache band of what is now New Mexico. It comes from the Spanish word for "cow," vaca, and was given to them because of their buffalo hunting lifestyle. The Vaqueros were a Lipan Apache band, speakers of the Eastern Apache language. The Vaquero tribe does not exist as a political entity anymore; most Vaquero 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 Vaquero tribe and language:

 Vaquero Apache language
 Apache culture
 Apache Indians
 Apache pronunciation
 Southwest Native

Here are links to more Internet resources about the Vaquero Apaches:
 Vaquero Indians
 The Apache Tribes

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

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