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Mescalero Apache Sunrise Ceremony
Presented By: Hubbard Museum of the American West
Dates: April 20, 2020 - April 9, 2021
Recurrence: Recurring every week day
Address: PO Box 40, PO Box 40, 26301 HWY 70 West, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price: Adults: $7.00Seniors (60+) $5.00Military (with ID): $5.00Children (6-16): $2.00Children 5 & Under: FREERuidoso Downs Residents: $1.00

The Apache Sunrise Ceremony or na'ii'ees has been passed down from ancient times.  The challenging four day ceremony marks an Apache girl's transition to White Painted Woman (Changing Woman).  The re-enactment traditionally occurs during the summer and normally begins on a Friday.

During the early 1900's, the Untied States government banned the Sunrise Ceremony.  Since participation in the ritual was considered an illegal act, its celebration declined unless performed in secret.  It was not until the passage of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act in 1978 that allowed the Sunrise Ceremony to be openly celebrated once again.


Experience the sacred Mescalero Apache Sunrise Ceremony through the lens of Dr. David Carmichael.  Dr. Carmichael is a professor at the University of Texas- El Paso and works closely with the Mescalero on Traditional Cultural Property issues and sacred sites.  He has 40+ years experience in the fields of anthropology, archeology and cultural resource management.

This exhibit will be on display from April 18, 2020 until April 10, 2021.


Hubbard Museum of the American West is owned & operated by the City of Ruidoso Downs, NM.

Mescalero Apache Sunrise Ceremony
  • PO Box 40
  • Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346
  • to
  • Hubbard Museum of the American West
  • Adults: $7.00Seniors (60+) $5.00Military (with ID): $5.00Children (6-16): $2.00Children 5 & Under: FREERuidoso Downs Residents: $1.00
  • Recurring every week day