WASHILE Tradition and Its Connection to Hemish Lifeways

Washile, in the Towa language, means irrigation ditch. The Towa-speaking people are natives of Walatowa, “People of the Canyon”. Because the Spaniards had difficulty pronouncing the Towa language, they referred to the Hemish people of this area as the Jemez people. The Walatowa area therefore became referred to, in Spanish, as the Jemez Pueblo—it is […]


Gringos come to the Mexican Border Town of San Luis Rio Colorado with the hope of finding a Meso-American treasure, but also with the certainty that they will probably get ripped off.  They’ve all heard the horror stories about the fake Rolexes, the painted birds, the silver that is really nickel. But for every thirty […]

Remembering January 8, 2011

All over Tucson there was bell ringing at 10:10 a.m. to honor the victims of the tragic shooting that took place on Jan. 8, 2011–the shooting that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and left for dead. The Safeway Grocery Store where the shooting happened is less than a mile from my home.  […]