“Huhugam Ki” meaning the “house of the ancestors” in the Onk Akimel O’Odham language describes the Osborn and Longmore building which is constructed of adobe brick in a style accustomed to the community members over 50 years ago. This unique structure reflects the harmony that our people shared with the Salt River and the Sonoran Desert. Our life stories are told in a large one room exhibit gallery with emphasis on the cultural and historic past of the Salt River Community.
The Huhugam Ki Museum is dedicated to the perpetuation of the knowledge and life style of the Onk Akimel O’Odham and the Xalychidom Piipaash.
Our museum is dedicated to the preservation, retention and collection of the traditional and contemporary life of the Onk Akimel O’Odham and the Piipaash. Baskets, pottery, photographs, and artifacts create an understanding of a people who are enriched by the strength and perseverance of their ancestors. The importance of these objects is not determined by their monetary worth; rather they are appraised for the value in demonstrating important aspects of our history and culture. We are a museum for the Salt River Community where the people can learn and in turn educate future generations of O’Odham and Piipaash. We always welcome visitors to our home to partake in a bit of traditional knowledge of the people.
The Huhugam Ki Museum has a responsibility to interview SRPMIC tribal Elders, former employees, community members, tribal council and cultural practitioners (e.g. singers, dancers, basket weavers, potters, etc.) with historical knowledge for future reference by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. This information may be used to assist in the development of exhibits, documentaries and for other educational purposes. All data recovered is stored at the Huhugam Ki Museum Repository for retrieval when needed.
Museums have an ethical obligation to care for these objects in a manner considered appropriate by cultural knowledge and respect as well as professional conservation standards. This involves careful consideration regarding the materials of which the object was made and its original purpose. Additionally each object must be catalogued in order to ensure accountability and to preserve relevant information (e.g. who made it, how old it is, etc.)
Some objects in our collection may be thousands of years old while others are current. In either case we have a duty to utilize standard conservation methods with these important artifacts to make certain their integrity is intact for future generations.
Closed for Federal and Tribal holidays. Please call ahead to assure we are open.
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