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ARARA 2023 Conference - Tohono O'odham Community College Art show

ARARA 2023 Conference
March 10 - 13, 2023
Tucson, AZ

ARARA is proud to host an art show with the Tohono O'odham Community College.

Tucson, the site of ARARA’s 2023 annual conference, derives its name from Chuk Shon, an O’Odham village situated at the base of a black hill known to Euroamericans today as Sentinel Peak, or A Mountain, near downtown. In recognition of this history and the Indigenous communities who have stewarded the lands and ecosystems in and around Tucson since time immemorial, the  fast-approaching ARARA conference will respectfully host an art show featuring original works by students at the Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC).

Located on the Tohono O’odham Nation in Sells, Arizona, the TOCC is two-year college that serves the Nation’s Indigenous residents as well as students from other Southwest Tribes. The TOCC’s core values include T-Pi:k Elida (“Our Deepest Respect”), a deep sense of respect for the land, people, things upon the land, one’s self, and one’s life. Land is a fundamental element of Himdag, or the culture, way of life, and values that are uniquely held and displayed by the O’Odham. Himdag is a lifelong journey that incorporates everything that makes the O’Odham unique as individuals and as a community. Himdag concerns aspects of the environment, seasons, and elements. It also involves dimensions of O’Odham traditional culture, including beliefs, foods, language and songs, ceremony, games, medicine, spirituality, kinship, community, mobility, moral values, and art.

The TOCC-ARARA art show will consist of approximately 20 works, primarily print-making and digital photography, that speak to the students’ ongoing relationship and association with the Sonoran Desert landscape and their heritage to which it is inextricably connected--Himdag. Some of the works will be available for purchase directly from the artists.

For more information on the Tohono O’odham Community College, visit

Sabrina Garcia (Tohono O'odham/Yaqui/Mexican) Reflections of the Himdag and the Land, Ink on paper 2022

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