/ Modified apr 11, 2022 9:08 a.m.

Comcaac Nation in Sonora renews historic march to ancestral site

An Indigenous nation in Sonora held a historic gathering last year to demand water for their communities on the Sea of Cortez. Now, they’re meeting again. This time in honor of their ancestors.

caminata comcaac A group walks through the desert from Punta Chueca toward Saaps, where the Comcaac Nation held a historic gathering to demand water on March 27, 2021.
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An Indigenous nation in neighboring Sonora held a historic gathering last year to demand water for their communities on the Sea of Cortez. Now, they’re meeting again. This time in honor of their ancestors.

Members of the Comcaac Nation walked dozens of miles from their two villages to a historic meeting site called Saaps this weekend.

The gathering comes a year after a similar march that was meant to draw attention to the tribe’s long-standing struggle for access to potable water.

But while water remains an issue for the nation, organizers say this year their gathering is focused on celebrating the traditions of their elders.

Lourdes Karelia Perales Hoeffer, a Comcaac cultural promoter, said young members of the tribe hope to make the march, known as the Caminata Comcaac, an annual tradition to honor the nomadic ways of their ancestors and preserve their songs and stories for future generations.

She calls the walks, or caminatas, part of their culture’s long history of survival in the Sonoran Desert.

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