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Mission San José de Tumacácori Church   Leave a comment

NogalesImage by kenne

Even while I walk this ground
I imagine a time that was different
For brown people whose land was
Taken by people in long robes on horses
Who proselytized the native peoples
Building missions in the harsh desert.

Today, like most colonial missions
The ruins are preserved for tourists
Mostly old people, who walk the grounds
Near the Santa Cruz River
Learning about the Spanish conquest
What was, t
hat is now no longer. 

— kenne

Mission San José de Tumacácori Sobaipuri Structures   Leave a comment

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NogalesSobaipuri (a branch of the O’odham) Structures on the Grounds of the Mission San José de Tumacácori
— Image by kenne

“The importance of any story is what is it trying to teach you.
I’m O’odham, and I’ll always be O’odham, so these stories are a part of me.
If I choose not to value my own culture, then I would have a conflict with who I am.” 

— Ron Geronimo, Tohono O’odham

We Scar The Things We Love   2 comments

Madera Canyon Panorama April 11, 2014 blog framedA Panorama View Down Through Madera Canyon In The Santa Rita Mountains South of Tucson, Arizona.
(Note the light color of mining tailings surrounding ponded water.)
— Image by kenne

We Scar The Things We Love

 

Always there is something worth trekking

in the Sonoran Desert.

Sometimes the treks start early in the morning,

driving across the Tucson basin over

occasional low water crossings and cattle guards

on narrow roads, stopping for big yellow buses.

 

A canyon road leads out of Green Valley,

a quite peaceful community

along the banks of the Santa Cruz River

covered with oaks and walnut trees

and a rich history with the Tumacacori Mission

to the south and San Xavier del Bac to the north.

 

Crossing one-lane bridges through a grassland bajada, 

the road climbs toward Madera Canyon

nestled between Mt. Wrightson and Mt. Hopkins

on the eastern slop of the Santa Rita Mountains,

forming one of the Sonoran desert’s Sky Islands,

an oasis above this bowl-shaped canyon.

 

Although some are called “Friends of Madera Canyon”

all visitors, be they hikers, birders, walkers,

or just those relaxing at one of the beautiful vistas

share a love of nature and being outdoors,

forming a friendship that helps bond 

memoirs of a shared love.

 

“All the while jumbled memories flirt out on their own,”

intruding on nature’s beautiful vistas

where a river once ran through, now shadowed

by a high wall of tailings surrounding a pond,

altering nature’s beautiful vistas above the canyon,

producing lasting scars to the sky above, the earth below.

 
— kenne
 

Hiking The de Anza Trail Between Tubac and Tumacacori, Arizona   8 comments

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deAnza Trail 2014-9529 blogHiking the de Anza Trail between Tubac and Tumacacori, Arizona, 20 miles north of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico — Images by kenne.

 

Mission San José de Tumacácori   6 comments

Ruins of the Franciscan church at Mission San José de Tumacácori — Images by kenne

Last Wednesday we went to Nogales, Sonora and Patagonia and Sonoita in southern Arizona. Along the way, we visited the Mission San José de Tumacácori. Father Eusebio Francisco Kino established the mission in January, 1692. Originally called San Cayetano de Tumacácori, the mission was established at an existing native O’odham or Sobaipuri settlement on the east side of the river. After the Pima rebellion of 1751, the mission was moved to the present site on the west side of the Santa Cruz river and renamed San José de Tumacácori. Preservation and stabilization efforts began in 1908 when the area was declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt and continue today.

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(Click on any of the photo thumbnails to see large view.)

 

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