Arizona Indian Living Treasures Awards

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Jose Garcia


Jose Garcia is from Kom Wo’o, known as Santa Cruz, where he was born and continues to live. Jose Garcia is a highly respected elder because of his work in teaching O’odham songs and ceremonies to men and women in his community. He is the last of the elders to know many of the ceremonial songs including those for the deer ceremony that teaches songs for hunting and to prepare for hunting. Jose Garcia is considered a song dreamer or someone who receives his songs through dreaming.

Tohono O'odham
language master

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Victor Paul Beck, Sr.
Craft: Silversmith
Tribe: Navajo
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