She Still Walks Among Us
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member and retired firefighter Royce Manuel (Akimel Aw-thum) revitalized the lost art of the Kia-ha (burden basket). A once necessary tool woven by men and carried by the women to transfer materials and goods for trade. With this revitalization, he dedicated his life to the education of arts, culture and heritage of the Akimel Aw-Awthum. One basket in particular was the restoration of the Kia-ha. A traditional Aw-Awthum walk, a six-mile journey, took place on the day of the summer solstice to honour Royce Manuel’s legacy. A showcase of how the walk would have looked and felt over 100 years ago. This is the story of Royce Manuel and his dedication to the Kia-ha. Follow this emotional story where his students and loved ones share how they will continue his legacy for future generations to learn.