New Book Emphasizes Virtue of Conformity in Apache Culture

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Judith W. Vicario's 'Apaches' provides rich detail of Apache rites, social norms, practices

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LAKESIDE, Ariz. (PRWEB) May 30, 2015 -- "In nearly all cultures, stories and rules serve as moral compass to guide the youth on their true passage to adulthood," historian and author Judith W. Vicario says. The Apache tribe is no different. Mothers and fathers can speak to their children, admonishing them about respect and traditions. Adherence to the rules dictates survival. But there always comes one person who will challenge the tribal authority and customs. Such is the story of "Apaches - Legend of the Crown Dancers" (published by Xlibris). In this compelling fiction, Vicario weaves a story that demonstrates the terrible repercussions of selfish pursuits in a society that thrives so much on consensus.

Set in the ancient landscape of Cibecue, Arizona, "Apaches" chronicles the story of a young girl who seeks to break the norms and traditions of her culture. She broke the rules without considering the possible consequences of her action to herself and to her people. The spirits of the creator, the Crown Dancers or the Gaan are not to be disrespected and upon learning what the girl did, they decide to conclude the matter through a severe punishment. The account that followed illustrates a rich detail of what happens when you defy traditions.

"There is an endless appeal of examples on how following the morals of a society pertains to daily living. This book provides such exemplification, calling into mind the daily accounts of children and adults who believe they can or are entitled to commit any number of crimes against society just because they 'want' something."

Pulsating with vivid descriptions of the culture, "Apaches" does not only incite moral guidance for children but also provide useful facts for those seeking in-depth knowledge of the Apache culture.

“Apaches - Legend of the Crown Dancers”
By Judith W. Vicario
Hardcover | 8.5x11in | 34 pages | ISBN 9781503555761
Softcover | 8.5x11in | 34 pages | ISBN 9781503555778
E-Book | 34 pages | ISBN 9781503555785
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Judith A. Vicario graduated from California State University at Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in history and went on to receive a teaching credential. She taught school in Glendale, California for several years and decided to return to Arizona. Rather than continue a teaching career, she took a job with the White Mountain Apache Tribe as editor of the Fort Apache Scout, tribal newspaper. During her time with the Tribe, Vicario readily took the opportunity to write about all facets of daily Apache life, as well as exploring Apache culture and traditions. The Fort Apache Scout newspaper maintained subscribers all over the world. Vicario lives in Pinetop, Arizona, about three miles from the reservation.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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