The sunrise dance is a White Mountain Apache four day ceremony in which a girl passes from childhood to womanhood. | Cattail pollen is holy to the Apache people. It is used as a blessing. On Saturday and Sunday she is showered with the bright yellow powder. All the people in attendance pick up a handful of pollen from a basket and shake it over her head. Each silently says a prayer. Then her father pours candies and corn kernels over her to protect her from famine.