Donate directly to the TUPIPPUH PROJECT
C/O Pauline Esteves
PO BOX 108
Death Valley, CA 92328
Time is running out to save the Timbisha language, basket making art, ancient mythology, oral history and cultural traditions. There are only a very few Timbisha Elders still alive who have this precious knowledge.
Concerned Elders in the Timbisha Village in Death Valley have started to work on a series of new teaching programs and have created, The TUPIPPUH PROJECT (Homeland Project).
As they work to find grant money to support this important project, it is important that they receive as much funding from individual supporters as possible to facilitate their ongoing efforts to establish these cultural teaching programs as soon as possible.
The TUPIPPUH PROJECT is a nonprofit Native American organization dedicated to the protection of the environment and preservation of the language, arts and cultural traditions of the Timbisha People.
On a short unofficial visit to the Timbisha Village this spring (Sorry no pictures.) I was surprised to see several large freestanding solar panel installations. There was obviously no thought or consideration of installing the equipment in a low impact way so it would fit well into the Village environment. They were prominently positioned in the front yards, overshadowing several residents!
Although introducing solar power is a great thing, and totally appropriate for the village, so is creating a village that conforms to traditional Timbisha beliefs, cultural mores and environmental correctness. The equipment is not the right type and overwhelms what little natural desert environment that’s left in the village. They are just plain ugly!
I also noticed the framework of a new building being built along one of the old streets. I assume because of the size that it is a new residence. Again this could be wonderful news if it is part of a new environmentally, and culturally appropriate master plan for the village. I won’t hold my breath.
You can help the Timbisha People of the Village by contacting your Senators and US Congressmen to make them aware of the plight of the Timbisha Village and ask them to help put pressure on the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to do the right thing. Thank you.