Rite of passage ceremony set in Mescalero - Ruidoso News

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Adeline Mae Wheeler and Sharon Nona Moquino will carry on one of the Mescalero Apache's most treasured traditions this weekend, the ceremony celebrating their coming of age.

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Went to experience the tribe ceremonies & rituals. The 'white man' or non natives were charged $$ for admissions to the events. Discrimination & offensive to me being white. Also had to pay extra for special events NOT stated in the hand-out booklet. No directions as to where to go & see events. I'm not going to recommend it to anyone. Very dissapointing.
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not impressed wrote:
Went to experience the tribe ceremonies & rituals. The 'white man' or non natives were charged $$ for admissions to the events. Discrimination & offensive to me being white. Also had to pay extra for special events NOT stated in the hand-out booklet. No directions as to where to go & see events. I'm not going to recommend it to anyone. Very dissapointing.
It's their rite of passage, usually only open to tribal members. They didn't have to let you in. You are an idiot
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I think it's an unwritten rule that only tribal members and their guests attend ceremonies at Mescalero, even though those ceremonies are written about in the newspaper. I do not go anymore, but I used to go several decades ago. I will never forget those times. If you go, dress conservatively and take it easy with your camera.
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not impressed wrote:
Went to experience the tribe ceremonies & rituals. The 'white man' or non natives were charged $$ for admissions to the events. Discrimination & offensive to me being white. Also had to pay extra for special events NOT stated in the hand-out booklet. No directions as to where to go & see events. I'm not going to recommend it to anyone. Very dissapointing.
From my understanding, the family of the girl in a coming of age ceremony pays for everything. And these ceremonies cost a LOT of money.
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I think because this is held over the 4th of July people that are not from the area may think it is a tourist activity to partake in. If it is a rule or wish that no one goes than it should be stated or else how do out of town people know this? Just my thoughts...
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This ceremony is not meant to be a tourist attraction. It is for the girls and their families. It is a previledge for the "white man" to be allowed to view this sacred ceremony.
Only ignorant people would comment badly.
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it should be a closed ceremony and not open to the general public (only the rodeo). and no booze, smoking, drugs, fighting, cops, etc. there is no respect anymore and these ceremonies have only become commercialized. people only see dollar signs. the dollar is mighty. it buys booze. back in the day, the true blood apache's respected each other. today the blood is too thin and mixed with other weak races. the certificate of indian blood will soon be less than 1/4. maybe then it would have to be lowered and the people left out now will once again be apaches. all are weak now. apache stay with apache and get that blood back.

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