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Saguaro Harvest

Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Dwarfed by surrounding saguaros, Tohono O'odham tribal elder Lois Liston demonstrates the use of a fruit harvester made from a saguaro rib to collect fruit from the top of a cactus. Liston was leading a workshop on Ha:san Bak, the traditional saguaro harvest celebration, Saturday at Colossal…

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Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Lois Liston shows workshop participants how the long saguaro ribs are wired together to be used during the harvest. The park, open every day of the year, hosts lots of special events: go to colossalcave.com for details.

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Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Chuck Moore harvests fruit during the workshop at Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Workshop participants made their own syrup from the fruit they gathered.

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Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Judith Raymond, right, prepares to head off into the desert to begin harvesting saguaro fruit. Once the pods are dislodged from the saguaro, they are split open and scraped clean of fruit. The empty pods are left on the ground facing up to encourage the rains to come.

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Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Chuck Moore, right, harvests fruit as Judith Raymond looks on.

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Workshop shares O'odham ritual

Workshop shares O'odham ritual

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