Connecting with other Apache's lost in the western Culture
Finding a page that is for Apache's, and I am of the Lipan tribe, is rather different than most place on the Internet.
Living outside of the rez and knowing only one or two Apaches in Riverside, CA. is a far cry from being surround by ones culture and people. We have been raised that we are not Apache's in a single unit, but as a body of people.
And being of mix breed, half Apache and half French adds to the feeling of not being all there!
Since my father went to prison and died in prison, I've become a part of the Western culture, but with strong pull from my Apache Heritage.
I remeber the Rez, and family as child, and have fond memories of that part of my life, but the world is coming to an end as far as being an Apache, as my children and grand children have no interest of that part of their heritage.
I miss the gatherings, the story tellers, the long nights with big fires where I would fall asleep taking it all in and then awaking eary in the morning to fry bread, goats milk and beans with chile.
I remember my grandfathers religious practice and I practice it along with him every summer when we would visit, since then I have since move to the next step by of my belief and became a Christian, but practice the Christian practice with the Apache rites, this was followed by me becoming a Minister in the Christian faith, but in I still practice my Apache rituals in privite.
I saw no conflict between the two, practice and I saw that the one was the fore-shadow of the other, and so I still use my feather, my smoke to cleans, praying to the four corners by myself for my self. I have found that my Lipan Heritage helped me see that the practice of the Old Testament were the same, and that traditionaly Y'shu'a did the same. For it is a personal God as it is with our people, and all that I do in my prectice is keep it personal.
K'eyah ho' zho'ni
Tip: Categorizing images
Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.
1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:
2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.
- [[Category:Category name]]
For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:
- [[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]
When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations"). Pro-tip: The CommonSense tool can help you find the best category for your image.
BotMultichillT 15:38, 7 September 2009 (UTC)