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San Carlos Apache Cultural Center:

Reconstructed ruins of the Salado Indians at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park in Globe, Arizona

San Carlos Apache Drum

Reconstructed ruins of the Salado Indians at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park in Globe, Arizona

San Carlos Apache Necklace

   When you enter the San Carlos Apache Cultural Center, don’t be surprised if you are greeted with "Goo shoo doo leh." The greeter is saying, "May the day be peaceful."

   The Center, located in Peridot, on Highway 70, about 20 miles east of Globe, is the first museum organized by the San Carlos Apache people to tell their own history.

   Not the story of the Apache culture as old-time westerns portrayed it, but the history of a proud nation. Exhibits tell visitors about the spiritual beginnings of the Nation, of the Mountain Spirit Dancers and of the beautiful Changing Woman Ceremony, known today as the Sunrise Ceremony.

   The Center spotlights a cultural legacy left by the people who lived on the land for thousands of years and of the great period of time when the Apache people "moved like the wind" across vast areas of the Southwestern United States and northern New Mexico. It also tells of the forced confinement on the reservation and life on the reservation today and in the future.

   San Carlos Apaches are known for fine bead and basket work, and authentic arts and crafts are available in the Center's Gift Shop. Call 928-475-2894 for hours of operation.

   Read more about national award-winning Apache basketweaver Evalena Henry at: Evalena Henry-Apache basketweaver at the The National Endowment for the Arts website.

 

 

 
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