Tohono O'odham/Papago Community
The Tohono O'odham people's traditional homeland lies in the Sonoran desert, with lands now situated in the states of Sonora, Mexico and Arizona, USA. The desert has traditionally provided food, housing, material objects, and cosmology to the O'odham people The films in this collection were made for the educational audience, to be shown in mainstream K-12 classrooms in the middle years of the 20th century. In some cases, filmmakers believed that child protagonists would make the film narrative more relatable to child audiences. Locations and even the faces of some children in these films have been identified by O'odham community members.
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. We very much welcome community vetting of these vocabulary words, and recommendations for additional resources.