Pima Tribe

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Faith Amour Burton LSP 2200 25 November 2008 When the River People Had No River The Gila River, which once traveled though central Arizona, was a lush Oasis in the desert that supported life at its banks that was unable to survive in the surrounding harsh desert. From this life giving river, ecological and cultural systems developed. The Akimel O’Odham, which translates to ‘River People’ lived on the bank of this river, farming with an advanced irrigation system which had parts that were thousands of years old. The Akimel O’Odham were a peaceful people best known for their aid to other tribes in peril. They had many related tribes, and spoke a language that was used across the southwest. By the 1920s, however, this once vibrant…show more content…
The issues identified in culture, economics, history, and genetics all play a part in the problem, and a multi faceted approach is necessary to truly make a difference in the future of diabetes in the Pima community. Some approaches are already being sought out, while others are under developed. Regardless, the following approaches will take time, initiative, and dedication by all parties involved, but the economic, personal, and cultural benefits have the ability to greatly improve the Pimas quality of…show more content…
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