Isdzan – Apache Woman

Howard Terpning
Limited Edition Print
Giclée Paper
1.25 W x 18 H inches
Limited Edition of 1000, and Artists Proofs

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Artwork Description

“‘Isdzan’ is one of the Apache words meaning woman. There are several but that is the one suggested by an Apache friend of mine. Many Apache lived in Arizona particularly up in the White Mountains.”

This model is a full-blooded Apache. She sits beside a burden basket, wearing a Sunrise Ceremony dress – which actually is not an everyday dress and would normally have been worn only for special occasions. It’s decorated with tin cones and some beadwork. Tin cones were used as decoration by all the tribes. They make an ice tinkling sound and some things made by the Apache were profusely decorated with them.