Apache Tribe


The Apache Tribe is a group of Indian Americans that began along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico but later migrate to the coast of San Diego in 1869. The apache had a very strict way of living. Men were only allowed to hunt while them women were only allowed to cook and take care of the grounds. Apache women were known for their beautiful hand woven baskets. They used this as a trade for protection against other tribes. They lived in plains where is was very easy to grow cops. Due to a plague, the APache lost all their crops and decided it was time to leave. Over the years, other tribes would hear less and less about the Apache tribe. It is as if they vanished.


As part of their rituals, at the age of 15 men would earn a red and white stripe to symbolize the upcoming a a young man while women earned 2 red stripes around their right arm. Women were also honored with a 12 hour ceremony. In this ceremony, women were shown the major responsibilities as well as what is expected to be done when the man are away. Apache families began only if the Chief accepted the relationship. The leader, Kaku, always said, “I want only the best for our people.” Members of the tribe praised and loved him until his death. An honorary ceremony for Kaku, showed the strong family bond they shared. Kaku was wrapped and and burned as a symbol of strength and courage for all the years as leader.


On May 18, 2014, a team of archaeologists and student assistants from the Department of Anthropology at San Jose State University discovered remainders from the Apache Tribe along the San Francisco Bay. For many years remainders of the Apache Tribe were found along the coast of California however, there was no evidence the tribe had established in those areas. Alongside their remainders, pieces of their woven baskets were found. Archaeologists found the place where they established after the plague hit 150 years.