Finding Native American Cultural Sites in Tucson, Arizona

Learning About the Tohono O'odham, People of the Desert

Tohono O'odham Basket Display
©Elizabeth R. Rose
Tucson as a Cultural Tourism Destination






Finding the People of the Desert






Polka Music in the Desert?




Must-see Museums and Cultural Centers


Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona







Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum













Saguaro Fruit Harvest Festival – July








Southwest Indian Art Fair – February








The Tohono Village in Tubac
















More about the O'odham People


O'odham, means "the people," or “the desert people,” and you pronounce the name similar to "aw-thum." Two groups of O'odham live in Arizona. The Salt and Gila River communities near Phoenix are made up of Akimal O'odham (formerly Pima) and in southern Arizona the people are called Tohono O'odham (formerly Papago). It’s worth a journey to Southern Arizona to learn and experience more of the culture of these people.