Apache Bands & Clans

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The Apache Indians are divided into six sub tribes, which are further divided into bands and clans.

Akonye (people of the canyon). An Apache band at San Carlos agency and Ft Apache, Ariz., in 1881; probably coordinate with the Khonagani clan of the Navaho. Bourke in Journ. Am. Folk-Lore, III, 111, 1890.

Apaches del Perrillo (Span.: Apaches of the little dog ). A band of Apache occupying, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the region of the Jornada del Muerto, near the Rio Grande, in s. N. Mex., where a spring was found by a dog, thus saving the Spaniards much suffering from thirst. They were probably a part of the Mescaleros or of the Mimbreños of later date. (F. W. H. )

Apaches del Quartelejo. A band of Jicarillas which in the 17th and 18th centuries resided in the valley of Beaver cr., Scott co. , Kans. The district was called Quartelejo by Juan Uribarri, who on taking possession in 1706 named it the province of San Luis, giving the name Santo Domingo to the Indian rancheria. See Quartelejo. (F. W. H.)

Apaches Mansos ( Span.: tame Apaches ). An Apache band of Arizona consisting of 100 persons (Browne, Apache Country, 291, 1869. Apparently so called by the Mexicans in contradistinction to the more warlike Apache.

Apatsiltlizhihi (black [tlizhi] Apache). A division of the Jicarilla Apache who claim the district of Mora, N. Mex., as their former home. (J.M.)

Bedonkohe apache were a band of Chiricahua Apache, whose most famous leader was Geronimo.

Bissarhar ( Indians with many bridles) . A division of the Apache under chiefs Goodegoya and Santos in 1873-75. White, Apache Names of Indian Tribes, MS., B. A. E.

Calchufines. A band of Jicarilla Apache living in 1719 on Arkansas r., in the present s. E. Colorado. Villa-Señor y San chez, Theatre Am., pt. 2, 412, 1748.

Carrizo A small band of Apache, probably the clan Klokadakaydn, Carrizo or “Arrow-reed people, q. v. The name is also applied to a Navaho locality and to those Indians living about Carrizo mts., x. E. Ariz. (Cortez, 1799, in Pac. R. R. Rep., in, pt. 3, 119, 1856). In the latter case it has no ethnic significance.

Chafalote. An Apache tribe or band of Sonora, Mexico, mentioned in connection with the Gileños and Faraones by Orozco y Berra (Geog., 59, 1864) and by Malte-Brun (Congres Amer., n, 37, 1877); otherwise unknown.

Chiltneyadnaye (walnut). An Apache clan or band at San Carlos agency and Ft Apache, Ariz., in 1881; coordinate with the Chisnedinadinaye of the Final Coyoteros. Bourke in Jour. Am. Folk-lore, in, 112, 1890.

Chisnedinadinaye (walnut) A clan or band of the Pinal Coyoteros (Bourke in Jour. Am. Folk-lore, in, 112, 1890), coordinate with the Chiltneyadnaye clan of the White Mountain Apache.

Colina (small hill). A wild tribe of New Mexico in the 18th century (Villa-Senor, Theatro Am., ii, 412, 1748); not identified, but probably an Apache band.

Conejeros (Span.: rabbit men ). An unidentified Apache band, mentioned by Barcia (Ensayo Cronologico, 169, 1723): ” In 1596 the Apaches called Conejeros destroyed a people they described as red and white who had come from Florida. The Spaniards could not ascertain of what nation they were nor find traces of their journey.”

Destchin (red paint). An Apache band or clan at San Carlos agency and Ft Apache, Ariz., in 1881 (Bourke in Jour. Am. Folk-lore, iii, 111, 1890); coordinate with the Chief of the Chiricahua and the Theshchini of the Navaho.

Doestoe (live where there are large falls of water). A subdivision of Apache under chiefs Chiquito and Disalin in 1875.

Gadinchin (`rush, reed grass´). Given as a clan of the Pinal Coyotero living in 1881 at San Carlos agency, Ariz. Bourke in Jour. Am. Folk-lore, in, 112, 1890.

Gontiel (broad river). Given as an Apache clan at San Carlos agency and Ft Apache, Ariz., in 1881 (Bourke in Jour. Am. Folk-lore, in, 112, 1890). The name indicates a former habitat on Gila r.

Goolkizzen (spotted country). A band of Apache, probably Coyoteros, formerly under chief Nakaidoklini, q. v. White, Apache Names of Indian Tribes, MS., B. A. E., 1875.

Guhlkainde (Gû‘lka-ĭ′nde, ‘plains people’). A division of the Mescalero Apache who claim as their original habitat the Staked plains region E. of Pecos r., in New Mexico and Texas.

Indelchidnti (pine). An Apache clan or band at San Carlos agency and Ft Apache, Ariz., in 1881 (Bourke in Jour. Am. Folk-lore, iii, 111, 1890); identical with Indilche-dentiene, ‘Live in country with large pine trees’ (White, Apache Names of Indian Tribes, MS., B. A. E.), a band formerly under chief Narchubeulecolte.

Inoschuochn (bear berry). An Apache clan or band at San Carlos agency and Ft Apache, Ariz., in 1881.

Iyaaye (I-ya-áye, sunflower). An Apache clan or band at San Carlos agency and Ft Apache in 1881. Bourke in Jour. Am. Folk-lore, in, 111, 1890.