This photograph of a Pima home was taken by Edward
S. Curtis around 1907. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Ethel Morrison
Van Derlip Fund, 74.41.11
Many women of different tribes of the Southwest are accomplished
at making beautiful baskets. Especially known for fine baskets are the
Akimel Oodham (Pima) women. The Akimel Oodham people live
on irrigated farms along the rivers in southern Arizona. Akimel Oodham
women weave their baskets from the fibers of plants that grow along the
rivers. The Spanish gave them the name Pima, but before contact with the
Spanish they referred to themselves by a term meaning river people.
They differ in both language and tradition from the Diné
(Navajo) and the Pueblo people.
Navajo tribal web site: http://www.navajo.org/