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“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

–Aldo Leopold

Angelo Joaquin

AngeloJoaquin150Angelo Joaquin, Jr., Tohono O’odham, has been director of the annual Waila Festival for over 20 years. The Festival is held in May at the University of Arizona. He was formerly director of Native SEED/Search in Tucson. His father started the Joaquin Brothers band in the 1950s and was largely responsible for the evolution of chicken scratch, or waila, music, played at Tohono O’odham social dances. Joaquin has been documenting waila, or chicken scratch, music for many years and seeks to transfer this music from analog tape to digital archives. His Nation is starting its own radio station, KHON. Joaquin intends edit materials he collects through this project into 30-minute radio programs for broadcast throughout the reservation and neighboring communities of Tucson and Casa Grande. Joaquin has the professional foundation and deep personal dedication to keeping alive the Tohono O’odham language and way of life.