Part of the dance at the Jicarilla Apache Fiesta
Clifford "Max" Miller
creator of digital collection
The flag pole supporting the white flag is the center of attraction to the members of the "Ollero" clan, as they gather for the annual fiesta. (The white flag signified a clan division, "Ollero" meaning those known as Hillsmen-Sun-Worshippers, vs the Plainsmen, the other division.) They are dressed in the older modern dress, with all adornments, such as beaded hat bands, added for the special occasion. The women usually used the shawl to cover their heads, especially when they did not care to be identified or wanted to hide their faces. The branches were from the scrub-oak bushes and aspens. This pre-activity was intense for if the runners represented their side, the Olleros would be the ruling body over the whole tribe until the following fall fiesta.
date of photograph
USA, New Mexico, Jicarilla Apache Reservation, Stone Lake Fiesta Site
3x4 black and white photographic print scanned with Epson Expression 10000XL at 1000dpi, 16-bit grayscale.
use with permission Denver Museum of Nature and Science