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SRPMIC Celebrates Walk for O’odham Piipaash

Dozens walked for the past, present and future of the O’odham and Piipaash on Saturday, February 11 in Lehi.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community celebrated its annual Walk for O’odham Piipaash: Walking in Prayer for Our Past, Present and Future. The roughly two-mile walk attracted 270 participants, who received a free T-shirt and a shell necklace.

SRPMIC Tribal Council member Deanna Scabby, who represents the Lehi District, delivered a morning blessing.

“We are so happy to have many of our elders here today, as well as many of our children and babies, because that’s what it’s all about—to celebrate, not only life, but to appreciate the blessings that our Creator has given to us,” Scabby said before offering a blessing.

Weather wasn’t much of a factor in the morning walk, as temperatures were in the 60s. The walk started outside the Lehi Community Center and headed south on Stapley Drive, west on McDowell Road, north on Horne Avenue and east on Oak Street, back to the community center.

After the walk, participants were offered burritos and drinks inside as bird singers and dancers performed.

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