1. Billy Allen is an Akimel O'odham community member, retired high school social studies teacher and coach. He also helped developed a curriculum to teach O'odham history at Casa Grande Union High School and continues his community involvement by writing a volunteer monthly history column in the Gila River Indian News (GRIN). He studies Southwest Arizona history and indigenous history. For his articles, he interviews people in the Community and gets a peoples' history too. Indigenous Tours Project joins Billy Allen at the Huhugam Heritage Center in Gila River for a few notable stories of his own about the areas he grew up in. Thanks Billy for sharing!

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  2. “The Breeze”, as he is more commonly known among his peers gave Indigenous Tours Project a tour along 16th Street between Oak St. and Thomas in central Phoenix, Arizona. It’s here where he’s been active creating murals with a community of artists for long time. His family and cultural roots exist in the Phoenix area as well as the Salt River area (Tour #2 is still in the works), but the vitality and commitment he has nurtured through years of throwing up paint on the walls with his friends is best represented in this area. It’s a great example of how indigenous artists are integrating themselves into a larger community. Thanks Breeze for taking some time to show us your work!

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  3. Indigenous Tours Project gets a tour from Gabe Pastores, a member of the Quechan Tribe, and a friend of mine who lives up the street from me in Phoenix. He offered to give ITP a tour of a place called Sunset Point, on the Fort Yuma Quechan Reservation, AZ/CA. This location was important for Gabe, as he recall the memories of childhood and his family get togethers. Thanks Gabe for a great tour and an awesome road trip!

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INDIGENOUS TOURS PROJECT (ITP) - OVERVIEW

Indigenous Tours Project (ITP) utilizes the activity of touring to build a meaningful relationship with indigenous land, people, culture, and history/pre-history. ITP is a socially engaged endeavor focusing


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INDIGENOUS TOURS PROJECT (ITP) - OVERVIEW

Indigenous Tours Project (ITP) utilizes the activity of touring to build a meaningful relationship with indigenous land, people, culture, and history/pre-history. ITP is a socially engaged endeavor focusing on touring: indigenous geographies, community locations, homelands, sovereign territories, and contested land. ITP seeks to form meaningful relationships through the process of touring with indigenous participants (tour guides), who are interested in sharing their knowledge with non-indigenous people, or non-community members, as a way to construct a cross-cultural dialogue. ITP encourages indigenous community members from touring regions to established tour locations, routes, times, and general parameters of the tour, allowing the indigenous participants (tour guides) greater control of their role in the tour activity. In this sense, ITP supports a broad range of tours, from the small, informal tours of personal space, to the more expansive tours related to historical and culturally significant sites, and contested territories.  By allowing a broader view and perspective of what a tour may entail, a more holistic model of exchange can be attained.

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