The jobs that the Chiricahua Apache people had are also much different than what people have today. The moms and dads of the tribe had a lot of responsibility. The woman, or moms, were in charge of the homes. Also, the woman took care of the children and cooked meals.
Those responsibilities seem to be like what some moms’ jobs are but, not all the jobs are like that. The woman also had to build the tipis every time they moved locations. That does not seem like our mothers today would do. Another thing woman would do is they would learn to hunt and ride a horse but it was rare for a woman to become a warrior. Woman would also help defend the Apache villages when they were being attacked. The men would have different roles. The men would hunt for food for the village. They would also protect the village from intruders and danger. Also, only one man would be the chief of the tribe. Both genders did storytelling, artwork, music and traditional medicine. Apache artists are famous for their fine beadwork and basketry. They also panted Apache baskets. Children also had some responsibility, just not as much as the elders. Young children pretty much just played. They played games with other young children. Young children also played with dolls that their parents and elders made for them. They also listened to stories that their parents and elders told to them. A lot of American kids do the same thing that these kids used to do. Older children have more responsibility than the young children. Older girls, at age 9 and older, helped cook and tan buffalo with their mother or grandmothers. Girls also learned to weave with their mothers and grandmothers as well. Making jewelry with the grandmothers and mothers was also what 9 year old girls and older did. That is not really what a lot girls 9 and older do today. Boys at age 9 and older did a lot what their fathers did. Boys learned to hunt with their grandfathers and fathers. Boys also learned to ride horses. Lastly, boys learned how to make bow and arrows That is also not really what a lot boys 9 and older do today.
I really hope that you enjoyed learning about my amazing culture. I want you to understand that interacting with people from this culture, we need to remember that different isn’t wrong, it is just different, and that these differences make the Chiricahua people very special. Also, remember to try not to waste food, and think about how the Chiricahua Apache people would feel if they lived in your house and watched you waste food.
Linda Brown (Grandmother) – Rita Montes (Great Great Grandmother) – Piedad Montes (3rd Great Grandmother)