Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians

by Veronica E. Velarde Tiller


Understanding contemporary Apache culture requires an appreciation for the traditional Apache values of kinship and tribal solidarity, the history behind their time-honored ceremonies and festivals, and the issues and challenges that the Apache currently face. Only with this knowledge can an outsider come to know the true identity of the Apache people.

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December 2010


Pages 172
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Culture

Written for high school students and general readers alike, this insightful treatment links the storied past of various Apache tribes with their life in contemporary times.

Written for high school students and general readers alike, Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians links the storied past of the Apaches with contemporary times. It covers modern-day Apache culture and customs for all eight tribes in Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma since the end of the Apache wars in the 1880s.

Highlighting tribal religion, government, social customs, lifestyle, and family structures, as well as arts, music, dance, and contemporary issues, the book helps readers understand Apaches today, countering stereotypes based on the 18th- and 19th-century views created by the popular media. It demonstrates that Apache communities are contributing members of society and that, while their culture and customs are based on traditional ways, they live and work in the modern world.


  • Takes an in-depth look at the Apache language today
  • Discusses modern-day Apache artists, writers, musicians, and tribal leaders
  • Contains an assortment of historical and modern photographs as well as charts and illustrations
  • Provides a chronology of major historical events


  • Focuses on modern Apache culture and customs, combating stereotypes and linking the past with the present
  • Provides the perspective of a professional historian who is a member of an Apache tribe
  • Offers an overview of Apache religious practices and their connection with Apache views on the environment, celestial bodies, and animal life
  • Draws on the most up-to-date and reliable information on current-day Apache tribes
Author Info

Veronica E. Velarde Tiller is a Jicarilla Apache writer of Native American history and editor and publisher of the award-winning economic reference guide Tiller's Guide to Indian Country: Economic Profiles of American Indian Reservations, which covers 362 modern Indian tribes. She is CEO of Tiller Research, Inc., in Albuquerque, NM.

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