We Walk in Beauty

Rebekah Miles, Apache

Rebekah Miles

Do you have a specific memory that stands out in your mind when you were young?
"Yes, I do have a specific memory. I remember when I went to my grandma's house in Navajo Land. Over there she didn't have a rest room in her house. There was an outhouse outside. Outside the house there was a handle bar tied to a rope that was tied to a tree. I swung on it. That day she killed a sheep and we ate it; it was good. There was no electricity either. I was about eight years old."

How is your life different from your parents or grandparents?
"My life is different from my grandparents. They didn't have electricity at their house. They didn't have running water. They had to walk almost everywhere they went. Today, I have electricity, running water and a car, so I don't have to walk everywhere. I'm glad I live the way I live today."

What traditions from the past do you still continue to practice?
"I don't really actually practice traditions, but I do attend a Sunrise dance once in a while. I like Sunrise dances."

What was your impression on having your photograph taken?
"I wasn't into it in the beginning, but it got fun. We got to go to little streams, and other cool spots to take photographs. Now I enjoy when you take photographs of my family and I like the way all the photographs with the backgrounds are traditional like. They look awesome dude."

What do you see for the future?
"I see for my future that I will be a doctor or an artist like my dad. I will have a normal sized house and maybe one or two children. That is what I see for my future."

Five Apache Girls (Elizabeth 'Gracie' Miles, Mya Kitcheyan, Carrie Reede, Sirianna Shaw (kneeling) Rebekah Miles) Apache Stream (Cecelia Miles, Denise Anderson, Carrie Reede, Elizabeth 'Gracie' Miles, Rebekah Miles) Apache Girls on Hillside (Carrie, Rebekah, and Elizabeth)

Given name: Rebekah Miles
Date of birth: August 9, 1992
Place of birth: Globe, Arizona
Tribe: San Carlos Apache / Navajo
Years photographs were taken: 1999, 2001