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At a time when most modern young women are seeking their fulfillment and enrichment along bold new roads, teenage girls of the Apache people (or nde) continue to follow a traditional path to womanhood -- through a sacred rite of passage handed down over generations. Called na ih es ("getting her ready"), this ceremony predates the near-annihilation of the tribe in the 1870s and 1880s, when the U.S. was at war against the Apache.

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At a time when most modern young women are seeking their fulfillment and enrichment along bold new roads, teenage girls of the Apache people (or nde) continue to follow a traditional path to womanhood -- through a sacred rite of passage handed down over generations. Called na ih es ("getting her ready"), this ceremony predates the near-annihilation of the tribe in the 1870s and 1880s, when the U.S. was at war against the Apache.

As illustrated and chronicled in this beautiful volume, the young women embark upon an extraordinary four-day, four-night personal journey in which they undergo a spiritual transformation to become White Shell Woman, the mother of the Apache people. John Annerino's spectacular photographs show the dedication of the girls and their initiators (both women and men), dances by firelight, elaborate costumes and disguises, and the various steps the young women must go through. He describes the journey and its significance in the accompanying text.

Apache, the Sacred Path to Womanhood is a singular portrait of Native American culture and ceremony, as well as a touching celebration of life, community, and womanhood. Few non-Indians have been allowed to witness this ceremony, so the book should be of special importance to anyone interested in Native Americans, rites of passage, and women's studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Newsweek
Annerino is one of a handful of photographers with a real empathy for the West...a subject he treats with love and respect.
Washington Post
[His photographs are] reverent and ravishing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569246672
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 10.31 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2000

    Breathtaking!!

    I found this book in Germany at a US military base. Imagine my surprise when I gound this book so far overseas. I also went through this ceremony and throughout the years since i believe that i am fortunate to have hade the experience. If you look closely at the pictures you'll see my sister and cousin dancing;continuing the tradition and pride of our people. I felt honored to be a part of all this. I found this book beautifully done and i know that you will enjoy it.

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