The Huala-who? The Hualapai, meaning people of the tall pines, are native people of the Southwest of the USA. Once a proud people, nowadays there are only few of them left. Their ‘capital’ is in Peach Springs, a small settlement on the famous route 66. The Hualapai tribe only counts 2100 people nowadays. They live in a vast reservation of about one million acres, on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon that was created in 1883. After decades of economic and social hardship, the Hualapai decided to enter the tourist trade in 1988.
“When the river disappeared, our whole life disappeared” Inocencia Gonzalez (74), one of the last remaining Cucapa Indians in the Colorado Delta
The Colorado River was the meaning of life for the Cocopa, a native tribe that lives in the border area of Arizona and North-Mexico. ‘When the river disappeared, so did our lives and culture’, says village chief Inocencia Gonzalez.
El Mayor – Inocencia Gonzalez is 74 years old but looks like she’s well in her nineties or even older, and that’s what most people in the region think of the crooked, wrinkled chief of the Cocopa village of El Mayor at the Colorado River Delta in Mexico. She has a valid excuse: the extinction of her tribe’s culture is approaching.