Pure Nativez Waila Band

We been entertaining our music since 2009 on the Tohono O’odham Nation and Tucson areas and Phoenix. We enjoy performing our music to all the audience and fans.

Tohono O’odham Pavilion

TMY partners with the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center, who curates a roster of artists to share and demonstrate traditional and contemporary arts at the festival. Come and see traditional baskets made with bear grass, yucca, and devil’s claw; horsehair baskets; pottery; jewelry; and more. This year’s artists include: Kathleen Vance – Pottery Teresa Choyghua – … Read more

South Image Waila Band

Ben Jose organized South Image in 2006 as a family group. Currently we are of three family members and two additional members. We enjoy sharing our gift of music in good spirit, in hopes that all who hear it will receive joy and celebrate life. We play Waila music, which consists of five different dance … Read more

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

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