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COCOPAH CUCAPA COCOPA
The Cucapá call themselves Chaipei Ñuogua Ñuyiu, Juañal (people who come and go, Indians).
Today's Cucapa Indians mainly inhabit three communities one near Somerton, Arizona, another at Ejido Pozas de Arvizu, near San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, and El Mayor Cucapá Indigena, Baja California, on the Mexicali - San Felipe highway.
The Cocopah people are Native American Indians indigenous to Southern California, northern Baja California, Mexico, and southwest Arizona. The Cocopah Indians research shows the Cucapa Indinos are part of the Yuman Indians, and their language is based on the HOKAN languages of southwest USA.
The Cocopah Indian Tribe of Somerton, AZ, is a SOVEREIGN NATION.
My own experience with the Cocopah tribes began in 2004 when I visited El Mayor, Baja California, Mexico, to do some documentary video work for a friend, and I was greatly touched by the environmental tragedy there on the RIO HARDY how the lack of water, the poisoned water, is devastating wildlife and the lives of the Cucapa Cocopah Indigenous people, the Cucapa aboriginal fishing village there: "Fighting Over the Last Drops as Colorado River Reaches Its End" CNN-AP rioweb.org.
It was on this trip to the Baja fishing village that I photographed the above photo of this Mountain from the road. I later replaced the original setting tribal sun with a rising moon, and colorized the sky for a pretty moon-rise effect (instead of the original Indian sunset which was too bright).
I am also including several video JPEGs in this photo gallery portfolio of river people, their evironmental lifestyle pictures from my 2004 trip to El Mayor for a Kalim Smith multimedia video production I now regret not shooting more stills on this trip, but at the time I was still shooting traditional film.
KUMEYAAY.COM writer Mike Wilken (link broken) writes some very interesting information about the El Mayor community.
COCOPAH BIRD SINGING MUSIC
COCOPAH TRIBAL BIRD SINGERS today still sing the tribal bird songs of the Yuman peoples and generally accompany their Native singing with shaking hand-held Indian GOURD RATTLES while Cocopah bird dancers join in click "Audio" thumbnails (in left column) hear 2005 audio clips of Cocopah singers Dale Phillips and Heraclio Tambo.
For an audio recording video movie documentary excerpt of Cocopah cultural singers, please see KUMEYAAY.INFO FREE ONLINE MUSIC VIDEO that features singers Dale Phillips, Cocopah, Onesimo Gonzalez Sainz, Cucapa, and Kalim Smith, Creek Indian, singing Cucapa songs on the Rio Hardy River bank near El Mayor, BC, Mexico, 2003.
THE NEW RIVER
Poisoning Humans, Plants and Wildlife on the Colorado River Delta, Gulf of California
The NEW RIVER at the International Boundary, is pictured above carrying foam and mixing with wastewater from the International Drain on its journey up from Mexico and on to the Colorado River, Rio Hardy, Gulf of California, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
The NEW RIVER flows north from the city of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico into the United States through the city of Calexico, California. The river has been referred to as the most severely polluted river of its size within the United States.
As anyone who has ever gotten close to this stinking waterway will attest, the small canal-like waterway smells like an open sewer, raw sewage stench even miles downwind in local communities on both sides of the US-Mexico border towns and farm lands the smell is unbearable.
RIO HARDY RIVER
By comparison the same is happening to the RIO HARDY.
The Hardy River has become a drain for agricultural waters polluted with pesticides and fertilizers from the Mexicali Valley.
Above photo, a dead cow is pictured on a receded river bank of Rio Hardy showing an ecosystem in distress, its wetlands and plant life are dead and dying for lack of water.
Water quality in the River Hardy is being monitored at Mexicali by the Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo A.C. to measure the effects of discharge on the waterway from the Las Arenitas wastewater treatment plant.
COCOPAH INDIAN RESEARCH
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