Yesterday, I had to give a person at Tohono O'odham Waste Management directions to my mom's house in Pisin' Mo'o, over the phone, so they can deliver a dumpster.
Considering that I usually use hand gestures to give directions, it was harder than expected! Especially because the woman wasn't very familiar with Pisin' Mo'o. She was really cool about it though, I could tell that she gets phone calls like that all the time.
There are no street signs anywhere on the main Rez. We also don't have house numbers. People nickname roads, but usually directions will include things like, "Go on the loop" or "Turn by the big tree" or "Get on that road and just keep going."
I know it's a big deal for emergency services. Often, people will wait for emergency vehicles on the roads, and wave them in, so they know where to go.
A while back, I thought about writing this blog, so on my last trip back home, I took some pictures...
BUT, now that I think about it, most people won't even NEED directions from this way. This is "the long way" if you're coming from the east end of the Rez. If you're from the west end, you probably already know where to go!
My uncle really flattened the road, it's gorgeous. It's like driving on butter (actually, that sounds kinda dangerous). Anyway, it's pretty smooth.
|Pass by Santa Cruz Village|
(Tagging on The Rez, especially, is really lame.)
|Follow the sign!|
|The road to Ku:pk|
|Pass the wo'o.|
(or you know, go for a quick, muddy swim, whatever)
|Ku:pk Village from the west entrance!|
(Disregard the rain and the sprinkles, this was taken a long time ago.)