The people known as Apache include several related Native American groups. The Apache are a familiar to many people because of the Wild West Stories about Cochise and Geronimo. The Apache is a group of American Indian Tribes living in the Southwestern United States. They are a Western group living in the states of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Historians believe that the ancestors of the Apache lived in Canada. The Apache probably migrated to American Southwest in about 1000 Ad. The traditional Apache homelands are located in what are now Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexicans States, of Chihuahua and Sonora. Most Apache lived in small bands to 5 to 10 families. The Apache was divided into 6 groups Navajo, Chiricuah, Lipan, Western Apache, Mescalero, and Jicarilla. Early Apache were nomads , traveling in the search of food. They lived in Alaska and Canada.
Ysun the life giver was the Apache's most important spirit. Ysun sent the mountains spirits ,called Ga'ans , to teach the Apache how to live. Every year the Apache honored there spirits by dancing. They also had ceremonies to honor new children coming into a tribe ,or when they became adults. For shelter they used teepees, and Wickups. Despite skillful use of horses and there knowledge of land.
At the end of the 20th century there was only about 57,000 thousand Apache left. There are about 63,000 thousand Apache living in the United States. Today the Apache live in many different fields, some work as doctors, lawyers, and teachers. They help people on and off of reservations. Today Apache live side by side with Indians.
The Apache were nomads who moved from camp to camp depending on the season and the food supply. Women and girls gathered food. Men provided meat and clothing for there families . Boys practiced as future hunters and warriors.