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Nov 6, 2020: O'odham Pilgrimages to Magdalena
11/06/2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM GMT-07:00


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Since time immemorial, O'odham have traversed their ancestral homelands. Today, with traditional O'odham territory divided in half by the US-Mexico Border, many pilgrims from the Tohono O'odham Nation must cross this increasingly militarized international boundary in order to return to their ancestral lands in Mexico. Now, in the face of a global pandemic, O'odham are adapting the pilgrimage to Magdalena in ways that are both innovative and familiar.

This presentation will explore some of the richness of O'odham pilgrimages to Magdalena. Seth Schermerhorn, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the American Studies Program at Hamilton College, New York, and author of the book Walking to Magdalena: Personhood and Place in Tohono O'odham Songs, Sticks, and Stories (University of Nebraska press, 2019). Schermerhorn's research on O'odham pilgrimages to Magdalena relies on the support of the Tohono O'odham Nation and community leaders such as Tony Lopez and Verlon Jose.

Book link: https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496206855/

Dr. Schermerhorn completed his doctorate at Arizona State University based on extensive field research with the Tohono O'odham Nation, including walking with tribal members five times on the annual journey.

Tony Lopez has been walking to Magdalena for many years. He is a Counselor for the Nation's Health and Human Services and a DJ at the O'odham Hewel Ni'ok Network.

Verlon Jose has also been walking to Magdalena for many years. He is the Governor of the Traditional O'odham Leaders of Mexico and the former Vice-Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

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