Today there are about 57,000 people who identify themselves as Apache
only; an additional 40,000 people reported being part Apache. The major modern Apache groups include the Jicarilla and Mescalero of New Mexico
, the Chiricahua of the Arizona
-New Mexico border area, the Western Apache of Arizona, the Lipan Apache of southwestern Texas
, and the Plains Apache of Oklahoma
. Of those living on reservations, farming, cattle herding, and tourist-related businesses are important economic activities. The modern Apache way of life is a mixture of traditional beliefs and rituals, such as mountain spirit dances, and contemporary American culture.
Apache before the storm, by Edward S. Curtis
, 1906. Vintage image restored by Kathy Weiser-Alexander