12×16 original pastel on suede painting based on a 1906 photograph by Edward Curtis. (Private Collection)
About the Painting
The Apache people, along with their close relatives the Navajo, call themselves “Diné ,” meaning “the people.” These nations are part of an extended group of closely related nations and bands who once inhabited large areas of the Great Plains.
When they reached the deserts of the Southwest in the 1500s, the Navajo gradually adopted the agricultural lifestyle of the region’s Pueblo peoples, while the Apache continued their traditional nomadic ways. Their fierce independence and their exceptional survival knowledge have become legendary.