The Tohono O’odham are a Native American tribe formerly known as the Papago who reside primarily in the Sonoran Desert of the southwest United States and northwest Mexico. “Tohono O’odham” means “People of the Desert.” The people rejected the name “Papago” (literally: “tepary-bean eater”), which they were first labelled by conquistadores who had heard them called this by tribes unfriendly to the Tohono O’odham. In their creation stories, Earth-Maker created the world and Elder Brother created people. Elder Brother isI’itoi, spirit of goodness. He watches over the people from his home on top of a cloud-covered mountain.
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