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Pimans: A Bountiful Life in a Harsh Environment

Event Start DateTuesday, June 1, 2010 – Friday, March 25, 2011
The May Gallery, Serra Hall, Room 214A
CostCost: free

Piman Indians of the American Southwest were once a prosperous group of hunters, fishers, gatherers, and desert agriculturalists.  Environmental changes set in motion by European contact caused the collapse of their cultural ecosystem. Today Pimans have the highest recorded diabetes rate of any ethnic group, though other groups in the world are gaining ground. 

The exhibit features four major dietary resources of Piman culture: two wile (mesquite and saguaro) and two cultivated (tepary beans and wheat). It is curated by ethno biologist Amadeo M. Rea, who has worked with Desert Pimans for over 45 years. 

The May Gallery is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, please call (619) 260-4238 or visit the Department of Anthropology's May Collection and Gallery.  

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