Sonya describes why her Sonoran cactus-inspired vase collection all have native American Apache names:
“Because my inspiration for this collection has come directly from the native Sonoran Cactus in Arizona, it seemed appropriate and fitting that each vessel was christened with an Apache Native American name.
The naming traditions of Native American Indians varied greatly from tribe to tribe but were generally based on gender, nature, totem animals and descriptions of the appearance or features of a baby.
The Apache tribe of Native American Indians are famous for their fierce fighting qualities and fought for nearly 50 years in the.Eastern Apache were predominantly hunter gatherers, whilst their Western counterparts relied more on farming, but were driven from their lands by Comanche. Today Apache live mainly on reservations covering over 3 million acres in Arizona and New Mexico. They still retain many traditional tribal customs.”