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Off the Reservation: A Seed for Change

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Yağmur Kaya

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Off the Reservation: A Seed for Change

Off the Reservation: A Seed for Change The importance of this project is that it based on the unique culture of the Quechan Indian tribe. Considering indigenous Indian cultural practices of food, water, and mobility may help revitalize cultures lost to the reservation system also inform wider issues of infrastructural and cultural stability. Located along the Colorado River near Yuma Arizona, this project challenges current landscape practices of agricultural water use, ecology and housing, and creates contemporary solutions based on native traditions. The importance of this project is that it based on the unique culture of the Quechan Indian tribe. LOOKING TO INDIGENOUS INDIAN CULTURAL PRACTICES OF FOOD, WATER AND MOBILITY TO INFORM INFRASTRUCTURAL AND CULTURAL STABILITY Project Narrative The Indian Reservation
The Quechan Indian tribe is located on the Fort Yuma reservation near Yuma Arizona at the Colorado and Gila River Confluence. The Quechan Indians are a part of the Yuman speaking peoples in the lower Colorado River region and were skilled warriors who, for thousands of years, had command of a 60 mile long section of the Colorado River used for consequential flood farming. The Quechan traveled on foot for trade in networks extending hundreds of miles from their home base at the confluence. The Symptoms
Today, because of the restraints of living on the reservation, and the damming of the Colorado River, the Quechan tribe has lost this range of mobility and a connection to water related activity. They stopped practicing traditional techniques of farming and gathering native desert foods and the walking exchange networks that strengthened their cultural hold on the land was lost. Symptoms include lack of housing and development, high rate of diabetes and a general dying culture. Landscape as Problem Restore: Exploring the Design Potential for Landscape to Revive the Culture of the Tribe. Arrange Program on Seep Trail. Create a conservation easement along the seep water ecology corridor to frame native farming. The trail acts as an armature for cultural life on the reservation. Extend

The trail system is an extension of the Quechan culture, reintroduces the idea of range and binds SEEP, SOAK and WASH landscapes. The local trails along the SEEP canals connect to the Colorado Riverfront while regional trails connect to sacred and culturally significant land beyond the reservation. The reorganization of cultural activity and development along the trail corridor shifts focus away from the confines of the reservation and acts as an armature to restore range and connection to land. Meghan Storm, Student ASLA, Graduate, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Advisor: Ellen Neises I choose this project because i interest projects that remake places which are almost derelict. It is better to open obsolete places to public likewise the High Line Project. I believe that every place has its own aim to be used. What i choose this project? Source; http://www.asla.org
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