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Mescalero Apache

The Mescalero people were nomadic hunters and gathers and roamed the Southwest. They were experts in guerrilla warfare and highly skilled horsemen. The women were known for their ability to find and prepare food from many different plant sources. The people were given the name "Mescalero" because they gathered and ate the mescal plant. It was the staple of their diets and could sustain them in good times and bad.

 

 

In the Sacremento Mountains of New Mexico, the Mescalero Apache Reservation spreads over 463,000 acres.  Today, the tribe owns and operates the Inn of the Mountain Gods Hotel & Casino as well as the  Ski Apache Resort.  This statue stands outside the casino.

 

 

 

Mescalero Apache

The Mescalero people were nomadic hunters and gathers and roamed the Southwest. They were experts in guerrilla warfare and highly skilled horsemen. The women were known for their ability to find and prepare food from many different plant sources. The people were given the name "Mescalero" because they gathered and ate the mescal plant. It was the staple of their diets and could sustain them in good times and bad.

 

 

In the Sacremento Mountains of New Mexico, the Mescalero Apache Reservation spreads over 463,000 acres.  Today, the tribe owns and operates the Inn of the Mountain Gods Hotel & Casino as well as the  Ski Apache Resort.  This statue stands outside the casino.

 

 

 

comments (24)

This is really good, Elizabeth considering the conditions. They are remarkably lifelike.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Frank! This is probably the best shot of the day... I'm not used to shooting in the rain! smile
I loved these dancers!
  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 26 Feb 2018, 00:19
Fascinating stuff, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ray!
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 26 Feb 2018, 01:07
They do look very lifelike. I did a quick double take before realizing there were models.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are really well done!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Feb 2018, 04:29
This is very well done, I thought so too that these were real, Elizabeth. Now I so hope that the potus does not know about this tribe otherwise he would try to take over...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: He's too stupid to know about them...
interesting info for me, Elizabeth. a bit unusual for me that they are associated with a hotel and a casino, but i suppose it brings much needed income for their community?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - I can understand. Casinos are not legal in most of the U.S. Thus the popularity of Vegas. ALL those casinos in ONE town! BUT... the Native American Reservations are sovereign nations... and many have elected to allow casinos. They are very popular and successful - as you can imagine. Hotels are usually associated because of the remoteness of the reservations. They usually provide world class accommodations and dining, as well.
So very dramatic, Elizabeth. WOW. I'm not familiar with this tribe, so thanks for all this good information.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ginnie! Frank is currently reading a book called "Empire of the Summer Moon"... a historical account of several of the Native American tribes of the West. Very interesting... if disturbing.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 26 Feb 2018, 05:57
If I met one, I'd run!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well.... unless you're carrying a rifle or a snake, they'd see you as a friend. But don't look for friendliness... they prefer respect. They actually have a page on their website about how to show respect, and proper behavior when encountering a Native.
Des renseignements très interessants sur cette tribu ..Merci
Bonne journée
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm pleased you have an appreciation, Claudine!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 26 Feb 2018, 06:32
Joie scène avec ces statues.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Martine! I like them!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Feb 2018, 06:44
What an incredible statue. The headdress would make fabulous antennae fir mobile comms. etc.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it! I thought that very same thing! smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Feb 2018, 06:46
I had to Google for the location as I had no idea where this was. Now I know that that is south east of Albuquerque and not all that far from "Truth or Consequences"!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You got it! The Sacramento Mountains are beautiful. If you're ever up for a stay in Ruidoso... good friends of ours have a house they rent out to vacationers! You can easily explore White Sands N.P., Alamogordo, Bosque del Apache, as well as Billy the Kid "lands".... Santa Fe is about 3 hours away... and with enough notice (i.e. time to arrange coverage at work), we could join you somewhere! smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Feb 2018, 06:54
I have not heard of the Mescalero people, Elizabeth. What amazing statues
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well now you have! smile Aren't they just!
How many of them are left Ellie.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The population of the Reservation is about 3,150. There may be more members who don't live on the Rez, however. There are six different Apache Reservations - with a total of about 30,000 members. At one time there were over 110,000.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Feb 2018, 07:35
"They were" repeated a number of times and now they rely on a casino for livelihood. Sort of sad. But what - life continues ...

Just this weekend I learned that the Canadians refer to Native Americans as First Nations. Which brings me to the the sooth speak term of Native Americans - it implies that all the rest of the inhabitants are either visitors or intruders, since native status is linked to where you are born. Every now and then, I can just grin at these politico correct speech inventions.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - well, evolution happens. At one time my relatives "were" something else.
Yes - I prefer the "First Nation" term as well. But the Native communities have accepted the reference - and so it continues.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 26 Feb 2018, 08:02
And quite terrifying they would appear to an enemy, which of course would be the intention.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes indeed - and with their reputation preceding them...
Looks as though they have been recently influenced by Star Wars smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ha! The other way around!
My thjought what much the same as Toms, I can imagine for real back in the day they would have scared the daylights out of their enemies if they looked like this.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think it's the other way around, Brian!
They would have been very intimidating... and then there were their fighting skills - they didn't need to bluff!
I was going to ask where the statue was as I thought this was a group of real dancers. Then I read the comments. Bravo to the sculptor! Fabulous shot too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Isn't it terrific! Thank you, Mary!
I imagine that the skin was black. I know their story a bit, I'm a fan of wester, I read something about it, even if I'm not an expert.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Their skin color is a reddish brown. But the warrior dancers painted themselves black - finding it more intimidating.
Frank is reading "Empire of the Summer Moon". A historical account of many of the western tribes. He says it's very good.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Feb 2018, 15:49
Initially I thought these were real people, and thank you for the interesting information.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Seems you're not the only one! smile You're welcome!
Never seen head gear like this before.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I hadn't either!
They seem to have built in TV aerials E
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ready to tune in...
those are spectacular traditional dress costumes for the dance Elizabeth... thanks for the history of the Apache people....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they something!
As you can imagine - this is but a small fragment. The Mescalero's are a small, quiet faction of the six different Apache tribes.
  • sherri
  • Arkansas USA
  • 27 Feb 2018, 02:25
i feel very unlearned right now

this is the first i've heard of these people
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well - I don't think you should, not many people know of them. We've heard of Apache's yes. But not the six different factions - of which the Mescalero's are a small, quiet group.

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