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Melanie "Little Cloud" Bell's coming-of-age ceremony (na'ii'ees), was held on Mescalero Apache land in New Mexico during late July 2002.
This was a rare, traditional version of the ritual, which lasted a week.
Melanie's mom, Frances Cochise. Left and below: Ritual massages (niztii) and sprints (gishshizhaahá bidaa leedilyee) prepare Melanie for endurance dancing.
Me and other visiting family members.
Photos of Melanie at homecoming and her brother Zane sent in by their mom.
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MELANIE"S WEDDING - 2011
Gaan dancers banish bad spirits.
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As Melanie dances through the night,
cooks prepare a post-midnight meal.
For more info on this ceremony:
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