Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt with Zarco Guerrero

McFarland State Historic Park

Thursday, February 23, 2023   11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Join Zarco for a series of stories that share the vibrant and tragic history of water and the River People, over a 2,000-year period. Beginning with the Toltec trade route that brought agriculture and corn to the Southwest. The history of the O’Odham before and after the expansion west is revealed. We learn about the Yaqui Indians who fled persecution and found refuge in Arizona rebuilding the ancient canal system. A descendant of the first Mormon settlers tells his families’ story of finding an oasis in the desert given to them by God and their determination to tame the mighty Salt River. Our story culminates when an endearing elderly woman shares the hope that there still is to protect our water resources and to right the wrongs committed against the land and its River People.