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The Jicarilla Apache of Dulce

        "Co-author, Mary M. Velarde & Veronica Tiller at book signing in Albuquerque. Photo courtesy of Veronica E. Tiller
James A. Garfield Velarde taken by Edward C. Curtis between 1905-19010. Smithsonian Institution, National Anthropological Archives.

James A. Garfield Velarde taken by Edward C. Curtis between 1905-19010. Smithsonian Institution, National Anthropological Archives.

Now the headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache, Dulce (meaning “sweet” in Spanish) was named by the impoverished and relocated Indians who associated the place with the sugar and candy that came with government-supplied rations.

Since the establishment of the reservation in 1887, Dulce has become the hub of everything associated with the Jicarillas. From the early timber operations, farming, and livestock raising, the Jicarilla Apache have become an economic powerhouse of northern New Mexico.Dulce is now a community living in two worlds, fully immersed in the American mainstream economy with a world-class hunting lodge, significant oil and gas operations, and widely diversified investments while fiercely maintaining the centuries-old language, culture, religion, and ceremonies of Jicarilla Apache Indians.

Veronica Tiller Interview on KFUN/FLVF Radio (August 2012)

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"Jicarilla Apache women winning prizes for basketry at NM State Fair, 1980. Photo by the Jicarilla Apache Chieftain.

“Jicarilla Apache women winning prizes for basketry at NM State Fair, 1980. Photo by the Jicarilla Apache Chieftain.

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Review by Varda Whitebird

This is an excellent book on the Jicarilla Apache. I especially enjoyed the many photographs. Having grown up on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation as a child it was really fun to see the familiar mountains surrounding Dulce from different time periods, and to see people I grew up with and their parents and grandparents.

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