(House of Our Footprints)
Apache Cultural Center & Museum
Originally established in 1969, the White Mountain Apache Cultural Center stands as a monument to the Tribe's historical resiliency
and ongoing commitment to celebrate and perpetuate Apache heritage.
The Cultural Center serves
as a repository for the Tribe's cultural heritage through the preservation of oral histories, archival materials and objects of cultural, historical and artistic significance to the White Mountain Apache people.
It is the mission of the
Apache Culture Center to foster an appreciation for the history and
cultural traditions of the White Mountain Apache, within the reservation
community and beyond, through exhibits and educational programs.
Initiatives: Supporting Local Artists
In 1999 the Apache Culture Center established an artist in residence program to provide opportunities for promising local artists to develop their skills and present their work to the public. The first residency, awarded to Barnarski Declay, was sponsored by Chairman Dallas Massey. During his residency Mr. Declay produced several significant works including the painting "Mysterious Ways", shown here.
Lorenzo Cosay, a White Mountain Apache, began painting at
the age of six, and knew then that he wanted to pursue a career in
painting. He is self taught and has developed his own unique
Lorenzo draws his inspiration from other local
artists. He paints only Western Apache Tribes and
Wildlife. "It's a beautiful and unique culture, with beautiful
people." Lorenzo wants to raise awareness of his heritage and teach
people about Apache Tradition and Culture.
He is married and is teaching art to his children, who
have shown interest at an early age as well.
Exhibits: Exhibit Schedule
TUS AND TATS'AA: Apache Basketry Through Time (Continuing)
An Exploration of the role of baskets in the lives of the White Mountain Apache people.
|Historically the Apache used baskets for many practical purposes, and they continue to play an important part
in the ceremonial life of the White Mountain Apache, serving as a traditional link to an earlier way of life. The exhibit
features more than 50 historic and modern Western Apache baskets on loan from the Arizona State Museum. Apache concepts of
space were used to inform the layout of the exhibit, which is color coded to the four directions (East-Black, South-Green,
West-Yellow and North-White) Audio recordings of Apache stories, songs and interviews.
Between Worlds: Apache Responses to Military Occupation (Continuing)
The changing role of the White Mountain Apache people after contact with the Military.
This exhibit (located in the log cabin) looks at the impact of the development of Fort Apache on
the local community. Walk through this restored cabin with period furnishings and hear the sounds of old Fort Apache surround
you. A special visitor comments section allows you to tell us your thoughts about the topics and stories you want to
see told at the new Fort Apache Historic Park.
The Nohwike'Bagowa Museum Shop
The Culture Center and Museum is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Summer Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Fees: Adults $3.00 - Students $2.00, Children Under 10 Free
For More Information Call: (928) 338 - 4625
At... Directions ?
You'll find the historic Park a mile high at the Foot of Arizona's White Mountains, 150 miles Northeast
of Phoenix and 30 miles South of Pinetop. Reach Fort Apache by traveling State Route 73, from either Pinetop or Carrizo
Junction, to its intersection with Indian Route 46, about 5 miles South of Whiteriver. Signs at the intersection guide
visitors the 1/2 mile East to the Park.
Open during regular museum hours. The Museum Shop offers the finest White
Mountain Apache Basketry, Beadwork, Crown Dancer figures and other Apache arts, a wide selection of books, and Fort Apache and White
A visit to the Culture Center also entitles visitation to the Historic Park and Kinishba Ruins National Historic Landmark,
also administered by the Tribe's Heritage Program and located five miles west of Fort Apache. There are no camping facilities
available on immediate grounds. Lodging and dining are available in Whiteriver and Hon-Dah, both located North of Fort Apache on
State Route 73.
Living History Walking Tours -
They start June 7th -- Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's at 2:00p.m., thru August. Come discover the cultural , natural and historical
wonders of Fort Apache and the Apache Village just outside the Apache Cultural
Center & Museum. Call the Cultural Center for information at (928) 338-4625.
Wet and Wild adventure sport of hiking, swimming,
rock climbing and rappelling often over waterfalls. Join us in a
trip through our incredibly beautiful Cibecue Canyon and we will give you
memories. Call Hon-Dah Ski & Outdoor sport at