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The Apache migrated down from the Canadian area and settled in the plains and southwestern part of the United States around 850 AD They were the dominant settlers of most of northern Mexico Arizona New Mexico and Texas for many decades The Apache were divided into 6 sub-tribes Bedonkone Chieanen Chihenne Chokonen Nedni and the White Mountain Apache The different tribes varied on ways of life Some lived in the mountains and hunted while others farmed on the plains Their main type of home however was the same throughout all the Apache tribes They lived in a dome- shaped brush hut covered with brush grass and reed mats There was often a fire circle in the middle with a smoke hole chimney During the peace time they built elaborate huts with more detail but during the wars their shelters were poorly constructed and ready to be destroyed in a matter of minutes to avoid conflict with other tribes The Apache were swift warriors and their battle ways become legendary They often raided Spanish and pioneer settlements Those people saw the Apache as barbaric which is how they got the name Apache it was the Zuni word for enemy However the Apache were not fierce and they only took what the tribe needed but they traded most of the time They were often in conflict with the Pima Papago and Pueblo tribes One of the bands of the Apache were the Jicarilla probably the most popular They were known for their craftsmanship of traditional clay pots baskets and beadwork The Jicarilla were one of the Apache tribes that hunted more than they farmed Like most Apache and Southwestern Indians they also stayed in small groups related through the female blood line and they traveled with the changing seasons The nearby tribes formed an alliance together
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