Stanley Cruz, Tohono O’odham Language Bearer & Singer

Stanley Cruz, Tohono O’odham Language Bearer & Singer, Pisinemo District, Tohono O’odham Nation  |  2022

Stanley Cruz is a language keeper and culture bearer for the communities of the Pisinemo District on the Tohono O’odham Nation. Stanley learned the O’odham language from his parents and now speaks with his seven siblings in O’odham. Language, he says, connects his community to who they are and provides deeper understanding of ceremonies. Stanley’s apprentice was his nephew, Alison Antone, who taught by immersion, focusing on conversational O’odham, connection to historic sites, cultural practices, ceremonies, and self-empowerment.

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