WMAT Elder Edgar Perry leaves more than just a legacy

Founder of the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Cultural Center and Museum at Fort Apache, Edgar Perry, loved, admired and respected by many, was an Apache cultural ambassador, field historian, educator, accomplished artist, vocalist and storyteller. Born in 1938, he died on Aug. 12 and will be laid to rest on Aug. 20 at Morning Dove Cemetery in Cedar Creek. Seen in this photo speaking at ‘An Evening of Apache Culture’ in 2017 for Native Women Scholars, Perry shared the spotlight that evening with the late Tribal Chairman Ronnie Lupe. Speaking eloquently of Apache history and the value of education, Perry inspired all those in attendance. More about the contributions and life of Perry will be in the Friday Independent.

Barbara Bruce is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering arts and entertainment on the Mountain and the Pinetop-Lakeside town government.

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