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  • Marauders of Pinnacle Peak - Apache

Marauders of Pinnacle Peak - Apache

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    About Marauders of Pinnacle Peak

    Apache warriors make a trek through the Sonoran Desert

    It’s high noon in late March in Arizona in the late 1880s. The sun is hot, but not as warm as the coming summer days. Cloud cover is wispy--providing little shade for the alert Apache riders. Western Apache traveled all throughout Arizona in search of game and places to raid. Their nomadic lifestyle led them to all areas of the state. These riders are equipped for the upcoming mission. They wear traditional clothing for the late 1800s; apparel was made of trade cloth or raided. Their moccasins are full-length with a toe piece. This bit of reinforcement was invaluable when moving in cactus-filled lands. The front riders carry bows with quivers; the back rider holds a Yellow Boy carbine.

    The Sonoran landscape

    The Sonoran Desert is home to many beautiful and unique plants and landscapes. I was surprised how challenging these plants were to paint when compared to those found on the Plains or high mountains. Unlike a forest, which can blend together, desert landscape plants stand as unique objects (similar to painting an individual person or horse). Saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea) are endemic only to this region. They live to be as old as 150 years old and only produce arms when they are about 75. Palo verde trees are quite common around Pinnacle Peak, easily noticeable by their green trunks. Teddy bear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) are particularly ferocious. They grow long spines around their pads that jut out in all directions. Easy to miss at first glance, the spines actually have a small hook at the end, making them that much more troublesome. The extra protection provided by the moccasins’ toe pieces are there, in part, to protect from these plants.

    My research

    This painting contains elements from my 2013 research trip to the Sonoran Desert. I actually visited Pinnacle Peak to research it and the surrounding area--the background comes from a composite of photos I took of the actual landscape.

    About the Apache

    The nomadic Apache call themselves Dini, meaning “the People.” Their more common name, Apache, stems from apachu meaning “enemy”-- a moniker given to them by the Zuni, who feared the Apache’s raids of food and booty. Traditionally, the Apache ancestral homeland covered a great deal of what is now Southern Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, northern Mexico, western Texas, western Oklahoma, and southern Kansas.

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