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Family and friends help usher the girls into womanhood at the four-day Apache Sunrise Ceremony on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. This age old ceremony initates young Apache women in to womenhood and prepares them for the long journey through life. The Double Ceremony was sponsored by mom, Joycelyn Holden and Nathaniel and Denise Cosay.Sunrise ceremonies are held on both the White Mountainand San Carlos Apache Reservations beginning in May and carry through into the fall each year and the ceremony is the "coming of age" puberity rite which has been celebrated by the Apache for centuries.