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The Jicarilla Apache Tribe: A History

Veronica E. Velarde Tiller

This evenhanded history of the Jicarilla Apache tribe of New Mexico highlights their long history of cultural adaptation and change--both to new environments and cultural traits. Concentrating on the modern era, 1846-1970, Veronica Tiller, herself a Jicarilla Apache, tells of the tribe's economic adaptations and relations with the United States government.

Originally published in 1983, this revised edition updates the account of the Jicarilla experience, documenting the significant economic, political, and cultural changes that have occurred as the tribe has exercised ever greater autonomy in recent years.


Veronica E. Velarde Tiller, a Jicarilla Apache, holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of New Mexico. She is CEO of Tiller Research, Inc., a consulting firm in Albuquerque.


"The author, in a vivid, well-documented narrative, has given an excellent portrait of her people in their relations with other tribes and in their long history of peace and war with the United States."


New Mexico Historical Review

"Lives up to the expectations for a good history, as well as the promise of what an Indian author can do with the history of her own tribe."


Western Historical Quarterly

Published By BowArrow Publishing Company

6 x 9 in. 299 pages 25 halftones, 4 maps