Huhugam Ki Museum, pronounced Hoo-hoogam Ki. It means House of the Ancestors.
The Huhugam Ki Museum is yet another place where people can go to learn about the incredibly intriguing Hohokam Indians, Phoenix's original inhabitants. Considering they vanished from the Sonoran Desert over 500 years ago after having arrived around 300 BC, they were quite advanced for the times. Farmers and master canal builders, some of their canals even exist in the desert today.
In fact, I'm told people visit the modest building from all over the world. The museum itself is an adobe building constructed a half century ago and was originally used as a children's home. It serves a dual purpose. Not only is it a museum about the Hohokam to the world at large, but it's also a cultural resource for the nearly 9000 members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the east side of the Phoenix Valley. The Pima believe that they are descended from the Huhugam, also known as the Hohokam, although Huhugam is becoming the preferred transliteration in the Pima community.
The museum is also dedicated to the community's veterans and holds a permanent exhibit that lists all of the tribal members who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
As I write my sequel to CAPTIVE SPIRIT, I can't wait to visit.
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