Tradition Tuesdays: Clay Stories, Haha’atadkam

Haha’atadkam means “one who makes pottery” in the O’odham language. This artform for both ornamental and utilitarian purposes is a lesser known form of the Tohono O’odham people, who are often celebrated for their basketweaking. In this conversation and demonstration, learn about the history and practice of Tohono O’odham pottery and the story each pot … Read more

Foodways Wednesdays: Tepary Beans at the San Xavier Co-op Farm

Tucson City of Gastronomy hosts the premiere of a new video by the San Xavier Co-op Farm about the tepary bean, an ancient Tohono O’odham food that continues to thrive in the Sonora Desert due to its cultural significance, drought tolerance, health benefits, and delicious taste. In tandem with the video, farm staff share cultural … Read more

Culture Kitchen Fridays: Desert Foods of Tohono O’odham

A glimpse into just a few of the traditional foods in the Tucson basin, as Tanisha Tucker, Traci Faith Hamilton, and Maria Francisco discuss the harvest and/or preparation of three Tohono O’odham foods, tepary beans, ciolim (cholla buds), and yeast Bread. The family continues a tradition of saguaro fruit harvest and syrup production and also … Read more

Foodways Wednesdays: Tepary Beans at the San Xavier Co-op Farm

Tucson City of Gastronomy hosts the premiere of a new video by the San Xavier Co-op Farm about the tepary bean, an ancient Tohono O’odham food that continues to thrive in the Sonora Desert due to its cultural significance, drought tolerance, health benefits, and delicious taste. In tandem with the video, farm staff share cultural … Read more

O’odham Ladies

We make Indian Fry Bread (Popovers). We are from the Tohono O’odham tribe from Arizona. The recipe has been handed down to us by our elders. Frybread is a flat dough bread, fried or deep-fried in oil or shortening. Made with simple ingredients, frybread can be eaten alone or with various toppings such as honey, … Read more

Reuben Naranjo

Reuben Naranjo is a Tohono O’odham potter who first learned from his grandmother, Mary Lewis. He later studied with Alicia Bustamente of S-Gogosik, Sonora, Mexico, and Annie Manuel of Hickiwan, Arizona, to make utilitarian terracotta ollas and white clay friendship pots using colored clay slips and paints. Reuben is a 2016 recipient of the Southwest … Read more