Tag Archives: Ofelia Rivas

January 19

Ofelia Rivas, the Tohono O’odham, and the Wall

Considering all that is going on on the United States these days, I figure now might be a good time to post something from Walls: Travels Along the Barricades. I’ve chosen this section about where the US-Mexico border divides the traditional territory of the Tohono O’odham people. Ofelia Rivas was generous with her stories, and I […]

November 26

The Tohono O’odham and the Wall

Two days ago I traveled into the Sonoran Desert and the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. The landscape reminded me of my time in the Sahara, especially in the refugee camps of the Saharawi. In both deserts, the dwelling places are simple one-story structures occupied by people named for the desert itself: both Saharawi and O’odham […]