Tash

July 26, 2008

The Tohono O’Odham nation in southern Arizona and northern Mexico has an annual celebration in Casa Grande. They call it a “Tash,” which means “whoopie!” I love it. This is the costume of one of the young women dancers.

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2 Responses to “Tash”

  1. Ofelia Says:

    The ignorance of the general public is at a critical level. The United States must rise the level of intellegence of it citizens. Education needs reform. A good example is the comments seen on this photgraph. The photographer has mislabled the “costume” and in general continues this ignorance of the society to a new low level.
    Tash mean day in O’odham language, a language that has existed for thousands of years. In fact the entire city is on original O’odham ancestrial lands.
    The Casa Grande O’odham Tash is not a celebration of the O’odham. In fact the Casa Grande chamber of commerce has promoted racist and discrimatory treatment of the O’odham. I would be in favor of changing the Casa Grande annual “cowboy” days to Casa Grande Gringo Days.

    • asubset Says:

      Ofelia,

      Thanks for your comments. Yes, I’m ignorant. You’ve made me a little less so. As Will Rogers said, “We are all ignorant- just on different subjects.” I mean no disrespect with my photograph. I only attempt to celebrate this young woman and her culture.

      – A.


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