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Our Stories: Waila! Music of the Tohono O’odham

Discover music unique to Arizona! Angelo Joaquin, Jr., a Coyote Clan member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, will tell the story of Waila. This social dance music has its roots in the Tohono O’odham fiddle band tradition of the 1800s. Waila, also sometimes called “Chicken Scratch,” was influenced by the Southwest borderland’s polkas, schottisches, and mazurkas. It is a common type of music heard on the Tohono O’odham Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the Gila River Indian Community. Joaquin, whose family is closely tied to the music, helped create the annual Waila Festival in Tucson, Arizona. 

Our Stories presents diverse speakers who share unique Arizona and local history topics to a general audience throughout the year. This series is produced by the Chandler Museum and the Chandler Public Library, with support from the Friends of the Chandler Public Library and the Chandler Historical Society.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
10:30am - 12:00pm
Time Zone:
Arizona Time (change)
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