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Carolena Guerra leads celebrants in a run at a key moment in the four-day coming-of-age Sunrise Ceremony.

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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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