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.