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10/06/08 - Using wisdom of elders, Cocopah re-create home for upcoming celebration

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Using trees, dried plants, twine and the occasional screw, an ancient tradition is being built from the ground up on the Cocopah Indian Tribe's western reservation. Under the direction of tribal elders, a small crew of workers is erecting a traditional Cocopah home. It's a domestic design that hasn't graced the desert landscape of southwestern Arizona for more than a century. The traditional home will serve as the Cocopah Museum's newest exhibit, which will be showcased during the tribe's annual Cocopah Cultural Celebration on Oct. 18.