Akimel O'odham/Pima Community

The Akimel O'odham community's traditional homelands lie in the Gila River drainage in central Arizona. They practiced dry and irrigation farming and stewarded the drought-tolerant heritage cotton plants that took their colonial name of Pima. The films in this section represent a distinct genre of midcentury educational film: those sponsored by individuals invested in perceived social uplift. Such films often draw upon contemporary stereotypes, and foreground the role of the government in Native life. Of particular interest here are methods of mesquite bean harvest and milling.

 

Akimel O'odham/Tohono O'odham dictionary words were derived from http://www.native-languages.org/papago.htm. Contributed by Melissa Dollman, who is a neither a Akimel O'odham nor a Tohono O'odham speaker. Review and new additions requested.

Community
Akimel O'odham/Pima Community
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Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
Summary forthcoming.
Community
Akimel O'odham/Pima Community
Category
Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
A grandfather tells his grandson about wedding customs and other things depicted in petroglyphs; also what may be a mock wedding ceremony. Narration incl. the roles of family members (esp. wives) using saguaro and cholla cacti as illustrations.