from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Native American people inhabiting desert regions of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, a state of northwest Mexico.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Uto-Aztecan language of this people, dialectally related to Pima.

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  • proper n. former name of a Uto-Aztecan people of southern Arizona and Sonora in northern Mexico. Today they are known as the O'odham ("the People").


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  • The term Papago was a name given to the O'odham by the Spanish colonizers, and is likely the result of a Spanish corruption of the O'odham word

    Not My Tribe

  • 2 For the purposes of this study I will refrain from the use of the term Papago and will refer to "the people"

    Not My Tribe

  • The Hopi differentiation from the Papago is given as 32 minimum centuries ago.

    Are you related to the Aztecs?

  • As is often the case, with the name Papago being a good example, European constructs are often imposed upon indigenous peoples by the historians that seek to portray their past.

    Not My Tribe

  • The Central Uto-Aztecans - occupying large parts of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Sonora in northwestern Mexico - included the Papago, Opata, Yaqui, Mayo, Concho, Huichol and Tepehuán.

    Are you related to the Aztecs?

  • Another Sonora subdivision is the Tepiman Family (spoken by the Papago, Pima Bajo, and Tepehuán of Sonora, Chihuahua and Durango).

    Are you related to the Aztecs?

  • Papago Park sits on the border between Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, and today has a municipal golf course, the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Gardens, and several buttes.

    All Wright

  • West to a land still punctuated with gunfire and cattle rustling and barefoot Papago Indians making daily treks to market down the middle of a dirt road grandly named Broadway.

    Defined By What We Don't Have Anymore

  • The fleet tug Papago soon became a fixture in the Libertys wake, at times sailing as close as a thousand yards behind the injured ship.

    The Attack on the Liberty

  • The destroyer Davis escorted the crippled spy ship and the fleet tug Papago trailed behind, scanning the water for bodies and classified records that might have drifted from the torpedo hole.

    The Attack on the Liberty


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