Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Early Saguaro Blossoms

My head is in the clouds that haven't formed yet.

The saguaro blossoms are early again at The Papago Café.

Seeing them used to illicit a feeling of awe and giddiness because they mark the beginning of the careful watching of the saguaros.  We're waiting for the bahidaj.  ("Saguaro fruit")

My heart sinks to see these blossoms in April. 

We're seeing the effects of global warming on O'odham jewed.  

We're worried about the short harvesting seasons. 

Early saguaro blossoms mean early fruit bahidaj which our people have harvested for hundreds of years.  Harvest.  Food. Rain. The O'odham New Year.  All of it is tied together.   

The elders are talking about global warming.  There are rumors that fruit has not only already formed, but that it's already ripened in some places on The Rez. 

Politicians are still debating whether or not it's really happening. 

Meanwhile, O'odham are worried and the saguaros are confused. 


These photos were taken on April 1st, 2015. 

Saguaro buds getting ready to bloom at the
Papago Café in Sells, Arizona.

Early Saguaro Blossoms at the Papago Café.

These photos were taken at the end of April, 2014. 
End of April, 2014

Friday, April 3, 2015

Watch For Cows and Few Other Signs on the Tohono O'odham Nation

I like signs.  

I came across one I really, really liked recently one evening near Sil Nakya. 

I liked it so much that I decided to drive back through that area just for a photo of it. 

You'll know which one is my favorite the minute you see it. 

Entering Tohono O'odham Reservation

Santa Rosa Ranch turnoff

Indian route 35

Protect Tohono O'odham Nation
Buckle Up?

Watch for cows

Heading towards Highway 86

There were warnings for cows, but I only saw free range horses.

Indian route 34

The cracks and potholes on this road are intense, but you'll likely have the whole road to yourself.

Apparently, they have a parachuting cow problem in Sil Nakya.

Watch for cows on the Tohono O'odham Nation! They come out of nowhere.