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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2005 6:56 am | Updated: 7:22 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Take a trip back in time this weekend to the 1800s and see how the Apaches lived. Elders will demonstrate acorn grinding, basket weaving and other tribal arts in a re-created Apache village of the 1800s during Apache Independence Day on Saturday.

"People don’t realize that each Indian tribe is different," says Carol Juneau, assistant marketing director of Apache Gold Casino. "Every tribe has their own way of speaking, their own songs and clothing. We’re inviting everyone to

come and learn about the Apache people."

Traditionally, June 18 marks the day the U.S. government officially recognized the Apaches as a tribe under the Indian Reorganization Act. This year’s event is a celebration of the tribe’s cultural heritage and an effort to preserve traditions.

"What’s kind of sad is that we’re finding that the individual bands have lost things," says Juneau.

Visitors will also have a opportunity to sample Apache delicacies such as popovers, acorn stew and beef jerky. An Apache rodeo will take place around 6 p.m. and will feature barrel racing, team roping and a horse race.

Apache Independence

Day What: Celebration of Apache cultural heritage

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Apache Gold Casino Resort and Convention Center, five miles east of Globe on U.S. 70

Cost: Free

Information: (800) 272-2438 or www.apachegoldcasinoresort.com

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