COLORADO RIVER MUD 1980
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Amparo "Amy" Smith, a Cocopah Indian woman who is now married and living in San Diego County, was born and raised on the Colorado River in the rural Cucapa Indian village of El Mayor in Baja California, Mexico, the Colorado River Delta region.
The Cocopah Cucapa Native Americans are of the Yuman Indian family, and are one of the Colorado River Indian tribes who are indigenous to Southern California, southwest Arizona, and northern Baja CALIF, Mexico.
Amy is the little Indian girl pictured on the right playing in the Colorado River mud with her little sister and black cat, circa 1980. The young Indian girls moved to the United States several years later and attended English schools, but returned to the river many times after that visiting Cucapa relatives in El Mayor, Wishpa Mountain area.
This historical family picture was used in a Kalim Smith production for his UCSD movie documentary, Right of Passage, A Nation Divided.
|Ethnographic art photography and design by G BALLARD, San Diego|