Public Affairs
12:31 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Tohono O'odham Culture: Embracing Change with Traditional Wisdom

Wed. 5/25 at 830am: Today on "Watersheds as Commons" we'll visit the Tohono O'odham people who live in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, one of four deserts in North America and regarded by many as the most luxuriant.

The Tohono O'odham were formerly known to outsiders as the Papago Indians. Their reservation is second in size only to the Navajo
Reservation in the north.

The Tohono O'odham have evolved as part of their desert homeland. Their traditions extend into antiquity, traditions that are closely tied to everything around them. As with traditional indigenous people everywhere, they regard every aspect of the natural world as sacred. They are extremely conscious of water in
this desert where the highly variable precipitation may be less than ten inches a year.

We'll listen to the voices of Angelo Joaquin, Danny Lopez, Rossilde Manuel, and story-teller, singer and chief commentator, Camillus Lopez.

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