facebook rss
Preserving archaeology and culture for our future
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

“Canoa Speaks O’odham”

May 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: “Canoa Speaks O’odham” free lectures and video presentation on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Rd., Green Valley, Arizona. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Canoa, Arizona Humanities, and Old Pueblo Archaeology Center. This event will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m., with a $10 suggested donation.

Historically, the Canoa vicinity of the Santa Cruz River valley south of San Xavier del Bac was an important stop for travelers, offering a constant source of water in the dry Sonoran Desert. Historic maps from the time of Father Kino (1690s) show a “water hole” in this valley segment and later maps associate it with “canoas,” hollowed-out cottonwood logs used as troughs to supply fresh drinking water. To date, very little historical information has been shared about this region, which from early times had been inhabited by Sobaípuri, Akimel, and Tohono O’odham who trace their ancestry to the more ancient Hohokam and Middle Santa Cruz archaeological cultures. In 2013, Pima County acquired the 4,800-acre property that includes the historic Canoa Ranch and began efforts to restore the ranch headquarters and open it to the public for tours, fostering a demand by the public to know more about the region’s history. This year the Friends of Canoa Heritage Foundation teamed with Arizona Humanities and Old Pueblo Archaeology Center to help meet this demand by producing a series of four short “Canoa Speaks O’odham” video segments narrated in both English and the O’odham native tongue, since language preservation is a key element for this project. Each video shares rare insights into the traditions of the O’odham, and combined cuts from each of the short videos have been incorporated into a longer video that will be shown for the first time at this May 19 public lecture and movie event. Old Pueblo’s Executive Director Allen Dart will open the program with a presentation about the archaeology of the Canoa area, and Adam Andrews, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s San Xavier District, will follow with a discussion of modern San Xavier and Tohono O’odham Nation education, government, and cultural affairs. The event culminates in the “Canoa Speaks O’odham” video to encourage audience discussion on language preservation and tribal communications. Subsequently the videos will be published online at www.VisitCanoa.comt to complement information shared in the recently completed heritage interpretive-signage project at the Interstate-19 Canoa Rest Area.

For more information contact Dawn Morley at 520-289-3940 or inspired@visitcanoa.com.

Map created by Pima County GIS Maps showing the limits of the historic Canoa Ranch south of Tucson in 1953.

Map created by Pima County GIS Maps showing the limits of the historic Canoa Ranch south of Tucson in 1953.


May 19, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Event Category:


Dawn Morley


Historic Hacienda de la Canoa
5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road
Green Valley, AZ United States
+ Google Map

View Larger Map

All form fields are required.


Your Cart