Arizona Indian Living Treasures Awards

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Margaret Acosta


An enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, Margaret Acosta was born in Ajo, Arizona, and resides in Sells, Arizona. Throughout her life Margaret Acosta has not only served her family and community but has served the Tohono O’odham Nation as a whole by sharing her gis of O’odham basket weaving and the O’odham language. She has exemplified her desire to preserve the O’odham Himdag (Way of Life) by living it and teaching it to others. Margaret Acosta has successfully passed on her knowledge to individuals and groups of non-O’odham speakers through demonstrations and instructions.

Tohono O'odham
Basket Weaver
language master

Previous AILTA Recipients

Royce Manuel
Craft: Calendar Stick Carrier, Men’s Agave Basket Making, Storyteller
Tribe: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
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