San Carlos Apache Tribe

San Carlos Apache youth celebrate a successful hunt for gloscho (desert woodrat), a highly nutritious staple of the traditional Western Apache diet. (Photo: Traditional Western Apache Diet Project)

"Our traditional foods are critical to understanding the fundamental importance of life. They boost your mind, your body, your spirit, and your outlook on life. You become rich in the values we teach as Apache."

         – Louie Lorenzo, Jr., Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, San Carlos Wellness Center

Seeking to reconnect the Western Apache people to the natural world and the physical, cultural, and spiritual sustenance it provides, the San Carlos Apache Tribe has spent the past three decades exhaustively documenting the diversity, expanse, and nutritutional benefits of the pre-reservation Apache diet. Through its Traditional Western Apache Diet Project and the various informational and educational resources the Project shares across the reservation and beyond, the Tribe is training and guiding tribal members to embrace their traditional foodways as an irreplaceable pathway to individual, family, and community wellness and prosperity. 

Ø  Twila Cassadore, Project Assistant, Traditional Western Apache Diet Project, San Carlos Apache Tribe, 928-475-2329, 
Ø  Seth Pilsk, Botanist, Forest Resources Program, San Carlos Apache Tribe, 928-475-2329,

To learn more about the Traditional Western Apache Diet Project, click on the case study and related resources below.

Note: Development of this case study was supported by a grant from the Native American Agriculture Fast Track Fund. Fast Track funding was part of the settlement of the Keepseagle v. Vilsack national class action lawsuit, which also led to the creation of the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), the largest philanthropic entity supporting Native American farmers and ranchers through grants that focus on business assistance, technical support, and agricultural education, and advocacy.


Twila Cassadore: The Traditional Western Apache Diet Project (video)
Lessons from the Traditional Western Apache Diet Project (poster)
Overview of the Western Apache Ancestral Diet
Tradition & Technology: San Carlos Apache Tribe's Food Database
Phoenix New Times: Lightning in the Hand: An Apache Leader hunts for the Past to Nourish the Future
Twila Cassadore (San Carlos Apache) speaks at the Holyoke Food Justice Conference (video)
Nalwoodi Denzhone Community: Strength & Beauty
University of Arizona News: Engineers Bring Life Source to San Carlos Apache Community 
Honoring Nations: 2000 Honoree: Elders Cultural Advisory Council (Forest Resources, San Carlos Apache Tribe)
Anatomy Post: Male (poster)
Anatomy Poster: Female (poster)