Mark L. Johnson
Saguaro Destruction-Part 2
Bulldozer Topples Beautiful Saguaro
Saguaro Reserve-Dove Mountain
Photograph published with photographer's permission
Marana Response To Tortolita Alliance-Saguaro Destruction-Saguaro Reserve-Dove Mountain
Tohono O'Odham Culture
If you've visited the Saguaro National Park Visitors Center you may have seen the film A Delicate Balance . In this film, Tina Andrew (Next Generation Ranger) describes the Tohono O'Odham culture as it relates to the saguaro. Tohono O'Odham stories tell of humans turning into saguaros to reinforce respect for nature. Tohono O'Odham believe that the birds and animals should get the saguaro fruit before they do to ensure distribution of the seeds.
This message is also clear in a poster called Saguaros Are People, Too which is published by Tohono Chul. Tohono O'Odham children are taught to respect and not harm the saguaro as they are people, too.