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The Apache Indians

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Michaela Ferrer

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The Arizona Apaches
The Way of the Apache
The Creator
Begins with nothing and then the disc with white on one side and yellow the other appeared
The creator met the girl-without parents on cloud
Creator created Sun-God, Small Boy, Tarantula, Big dipper, Winds, Lighting maker, Lightning rumbler
He created the earth
He stopped the earth moving with the yellow, black, blue and white posts
Created the sky with help of 28 humans
Created sky boy, earth daughter and pollen girl
Creator made all the animals plants
Then there was a flood that created all the rivers, mountains and oceans
Then the creator left in smoke
Relevance
Humans made to serve and build sky
Hummingbird, tarantula, fly and pigeon
The earth was only finished
The earth naturally moves explaining earthquakes
The earth was only finished when nature was created and finished
Humans are shown to be equal with nature by only having one of the three gods.
Pinon tree is relevant to the gods survival
The girl-with-out-parents became god of them all
The creator left in the smoke of fire







Spiritual connections with animals, totems, etc.
In Native American belief, animal spirits serve both as an individual's guide and as the connection between members of a clan.
In the previous story, the cowboy thought he was going to die, but the white riders spared his life
They actually came for the other cowboy because it was time for him to come home
The last rider told the remaining cowboy that it wasn't his "time" yet
This can indicate that the Apache believed that their are stronger forces beyond life
Believed that spirits come to "take them home" when their time has come
In other words, when they die
By: Michaela Ferrer, Michael Langford III,
Matthew Crowley, and Sahand Karimi

White Riders
The Beliefs of the Apache Tribe
Arizona
The name
Arizona
is the spanish interpretation of "arizuma," an Aztec Indian word that means "silver-bearing." It is also based on the Pima Indian word
arizonac
, meaning "little spring place."
Date of statehood: February 14, 1912

Where Were the Apache Relocated
The Apache were Natives that lived in the Southwestern deserts, such as Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas
Most of the Apaches were moved relocated to northern parts of Mexico
One Apache group known as the Na'ishan, or Plains Apache, lived far from the other tribes in what is now Oklahoma
Some of the Apache bands were captured by the the Americans and moved to Oklahoma, others resisted and stayed in Arizona
To this day, the population of the Apache Indians is about 30,000
The belief is that throughout people's lives, nine different animals act as guides; the guides accompany them at different stages, depending on what spiritual guidance they need at that time. However, among the nine animal guardians, one spirit animal serves as the main guide, becoming that individual's totem.
Children went to school, and the boys learned how to become warriors
The Apache women took care of the children, cooked, and rebuilt houses every time that they moved to different locations
Men were political leaders, hunters, and warriors
However, in some cases the women helped out in war... YES THE WOMAN ALSO FOUGHT IN WAR!
Apache men hunted buffalo, deer, antelope, and small game, while women gathered nuts, seeds, and fruit from the environment around them
They were not even close to the main camp when the sandstorm storm hit, blasting hot sand into their eyes, hair, and skin. The wind whirled above, around, and under the hasty shelter the two cowboys had set up, offering no protection at all. They took small sips of water every hour or so to relieve the dryness of their throats and to shift about to keep from being buried completely under the sand.

A day passed in these terrible conditions. The two cowboys drank the last of their water and ate the last of their food, while the wind and sand whipped about in an impenetrable curtain and the heat dried out their bodies. One after the other their horses dropped dead and were gradually buried under the sand. Through his increasing misery, one of the men noticed that the sound of the storm was muted, though there was no decrease in the pounding of the wind and the sand. Through the sandstorm rode a man dressed all in white. He was followed by eleven riders, who were also dressed in white. Their spurs, bits, and stirrups gleamed like silver; their belt buckles were gold. They were leading a white horse behind them. He tried to call out to them, but his lips were swollen shut.

The procession stopped in front of the half-buried cowboys and two men dismounted. They walked over to the man beside him. Tenderly, they helped the other cowboy over to the riderless horse and set him in the saddle. Then they mounted their horses and the men in white started riding away. The remaining cowboy pried his lips apart with shaking fingers and gave a hoarse cry of protest. But the white riders disappeared back into the storm, leaving him alone in the whipping sand. Just before the last rider vanished, he turned back towards the cowboy and said: ""It is not your time yet. We will come back for you presently." Then he passed out of sight.

Stricken, the cowboy buried his face against his arm and gradually lost consciousness. He was awakened by someone shaking his shoulder. He looked up into the eyes of some of his fellow cowpokes who had come to find him and his friend as soon as the storm let up. They forced some water through his dry lips and helped him sit up and told him he was lucky to survive.

Something in their grim air made him turn to look at his friend, who lay dead at his side. His heart beat rapidly as he realized suddenly how narrow his own escape had been. And suddenly he understood something else. The riders he had seen had been the white riders of death. By leaving him behind, they had spared his life when they came through the storm to take his friend home.
Apache Folktale
The story, White riders shows how cowboys deal with bad conditions like no water and dryness everywhere.
The story is scary as it shows how the white riders free the cowboys by killing them.
At first in the story the cowboy thinks that he is going to die but then he notices that the riders came to send his friend home not himself. The riders actually spared him and said that it wasn't his time.




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