There is a vibrant tradition of storytelling in the Tohono O’odham community, with elder wisdom, history, folklore, legends and creation teachings passed along through songs and spoken tales. With winter, the traditional time for storytelling, near, the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center and Museum in Topawa (Himdag Ki), invites all to a traditional storytelling night on January 9, 2015, beginning at 6pm. Ha:sañ Ha’icu A:ga, or the story of the first saguaro, will be told by the Himdag Ki Youth Group, now in its fourth year of bringing Tohono O’odham legends to life. According to the Museum, the children and their mentors have worked hard to memorize the entire story in O’odham and, as this is an outdoor performance, it is recommended that attendees wear warm clothing and bring blankets and folding chairs. Please note that no photos or recording are permitted.
Learn more from Himdag Ki: Contact Museum Specialist Crystal Narcho, 520-383-0200.