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WHEN MOJAVES MOURNED, SOULS SOARED AS BODIES BURNED

Mention the word “Mojave,” and most people think desert. But Arizona is also home to Mojave (or Mohave) Indians who have always been more about river than desert. The Yuman-speaking people’s native name is Pipa Aha Macav, which means “People by the Water,” and ancestors of the modern Mojaves first started farming along the banks of the Colorado River in the 12th century. Over the centuries they fanned out into portions of what became Arizona, California, Baja California and Sonora, Mexico. Within the family of Yuman speakers, the Mojaves belong to the northernmost group, the

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