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Indigenous Interests Program to Feature “Wa’alupe: Yaqui Village in Phoenix Urban Sprawl”

November 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Indigenous Interests” program will feature “Wa’alupe: Yaqui Village in Phoenix Urban Sprawl” presentation by Octaviana V. Trujillo (Yaqui), PhD. This free Zoom online will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).

Yaqui Indian families came from Sonora, Mexico, to Arizona’s Salt River Valley in the 1880s to labor in the agricultural fields, railroads, and mines. They formed their villages on the outskirts of cities. This is how Guadalupe came to be. We have been known to be hard workers, strong minded and of good heart. The Tempe community knew how important we were to the growth and sustainability of their city. Many today remember how Guadalupe was so far away from any city, we had so many open spaces to play and have our fiestas for baptisms, weddings, birthdays, and ceremonies. There was no Interstate 10 or the largest shopping mall of Arizona.  Just cotton fields, orchards, Japanese flower gardens, a small crop duster airfield and our monte near us. Many good memories of play, smells, and place. This presentation will take you to the beginning of our village, now our cemetery. Guadalupe is still here, it has persisted and flourished during the most challenging times; the people will make sure it endures.

Octaviana Trujillo is founding Chair and Professor Emerita in the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University and former Chairwoman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Indigenous Interests” free Zoom webinar series provides Native American presenters with a forum for discussing issues important to Indigenous peoples today. The series is hosted by Old Pueblo board of directors members Martina Dawley (Hualapai-Diné), Anabel Galindo (Yaqui), and Maegan Lopez and Samuel Fayuant (Tohono O’odham).

To register for the program go to https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b75fQ5VDRbmN31tcK_LEZQ. For more information contact Old Pueblo at info@oldpueblo.org or 520-798-1201.

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Caption: 1909 – Old Guadalupe Yaqui Matachini Dancers, photo courtesy of Octaviana V. Trujillo


November 14, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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