Tumacácori National Historical Park protects the ruins of a Spanish colonial mission to the native O’odham people. It is the O’odham residents of this community who formed and laid the bricks of the church, tilled the fields, and wrangled the mission livestock. Their culture and traditions live on today, focused in the lands of the Tohono O’odham nation. On March 5, Tumacácori will hold its first ever “O’odham Tash,” or, in English, “O’odham Day,” in celebration of the legacy and heritage of these desert people.
Between 10:00 and 1:00 on Sunday, March 5, visitors to the mission grounds will be able to observe cultural demonstrators presenting traditional crafts and pastimes – basket weaving, painting, carving, and singing, and taste favorite traditional foods – fry bread, tepary beans, and cholla buds. There will be a workshop at 11:00 in which participants will be able to learn a favorite ball game, toca. The festivities will begin and conclude with singing and a blessing.
Admission to the park is $5.00 per adult, free for federal pass holders and children under age 16. For more information, call the visitor center at (520) 377-5060, or visit the park website at nps.gov/tuma.