Mescalero Apaches

The Mescalero Apaches consider their menarche celebration the most important. Each year, an 8-day-long ceremony is celebrated in honor of each girl who began their period that year. The first 4 days include of feasting and dancing. Boy singers recount the history of the tribe each evening. The other four days are a private celebration where girls have a private ceremony, reflecting on passing into womanhood.

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