The Tohono O'odham and Pimeria Alta

The Tohono O'odham and Pimeria Alta

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McIntyre, a historian of the Southwest United States, offers a historical snapshot of the Tohono O'odham people (formerly referred to as the Papago) who have inhabited Arizona's Sonoran Desert and nearby lands across the Mexican border (an area the Spanish called Pimeria Alta) for millennia. Black and white photographs taken between 1870 and 1940 comprise the main content of the book, while accompanying text describes the era as a time of great change for the Tohono O'odham, encompassing multiple attempts by the government to organize the areas tribes into reservations and a variety of environmental challenges. The chapters discuss the people's ancient history, the legacy of Spain in the architecture and peoples of the Pimeria Alta region, Tohono O'odham homes and village life, pottery and baskets, and the confluence of different cultures represented by today's Tohono O'odham. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Arcadia Publishing
The Tohono O'odham have lived in southern Arizona's Sonoran Desert for millennia. Formerly known as the Papago, the people, acting as a nation in 1986, voted to change the colonial applied name, Papago, to their true name, Tohono O'odham, a name literally meaning "desert people." Living within a region the Spanish termed Pimeria Alta, the Tohono O'odham, from the time of Spanish Jesuit Kino's first missionary efforts in the late 1680s, have been witness to numerous governmental, philosophical, and religious intrusions. Yet throughout, they have adapted and survived. Today the Tohono O'odham Nation occupies the second largest land reserve in the United States, covering more than 2.8 million acres. The images in this volume date largely between 1870 and 1950, a period that documents great change in Tohono O'odham traditions, culture, and identity.

Publisher: Charleston, SC : Arcadia, c2008
ISBN: 9780738556338
Branch Call Number: 970.004 M1895t 2008
Characteristics: 127 p. : chiefly ill., maps ; 24 cm


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