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Hundreds of guests joined in the social dancing at the staging of a vital, ancient ritual on the Tonto Apache Reservation.

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Ceremony makes history

Hundreds attend reservation’s first Sunrise Ceremony

Carolena Guerra made history this weekend by celebrating the first coming of age Sunrise Ceremony in the history of the Tonto Apache Reservation. Between 200 and 300 people drawn from three Arizona Apache reservations attended the four days of dancing, singing, ceremonies, feasting and gift-giving that marked the transition to adulthood for girls of the tribe and also created intimate and ceremonial and family bonds between scattered Apache bands.


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