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Pilgrimage to Magdalena

Amerind and Border Community Alliance Free Online Documentary Film Viewing and Q&A Panel Discussion of “Pilgrimage to Magdalena”

Amerind and Border Community Alliance Free Online Documentary Viewing


Amerind and Border Community Alliance Free Online Documentary Film Viewing and Q&A Panel Discussion of “Pilgrimage to Magdalena”

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

View the Documentary at 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Participate in the Q&A Panel Discussion at 11:30 am – Arizona Time

On Saturday, November 5, Amerind and Border Community Alliance invite you to the free online documentary viewing of the award-winning film “Pilgrimage to Magdalena.” For centuries, well before the Spanish arrived, Sonoran Desert dwellers have traveled across what is now the international border between Mexico and the United States to the town we now call Magdalena de Kino, for spiritual and cultural reasons. The most popular route was later made famous by Juan Bautista de Anza in 1775 on his way to San Francisco. Today this pilgrimage continues, culminating in an annual festival in early October when thousands of pilgrims honor a popular saint of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands, Saint Francis Xavier, through their promises (manda) made to him by walking on foot or on horseback (cabalgata) to Magdalena or by directly serving pilgrims along the way. It is believed this current iteration of the pilgrimage traces its origins to a particular Jesuit priest, Eusebio Francisco Kino, the founder of missions in southern Arizona and northern Sonora. Fr. Kino died in Magdalena in 1711. He was one of the first peacemakers between indigenous people and the Spanish conquistadors. As in times past, today’s pilgrimage transcends borders that separate us, restoring a sense of common humanity.

After the documentary viewing, stay tuned for a top-notch Q&A panel discussion with Dr. Tom Sheridan, Research Anthropologist at the Southwest Center and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, Regina Siquieros (Tohono O’odham), retired classroom educator, former Senior Coordinator for the American Indian Languages Development Institute at the University of Arizona, and former Government Affairs Assistant for the Chairman and Vice Chairwoman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, Dr. Seth Schermerhorn, Associate Professor of American Studies at Hamilton College and author of “Walking to Magdalena,” Dr. Magda Mankel, Associate Producer of “Pilgrimage to Magdalena” and former Education & Research Specialist at Border Community Alliance.  The panel will be moderated by Jerry Haas, Producer of “Pilgrimage to Magdalena” and Border Community Alliance Senior Advisor.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register, visit:

About Amerind and Border Community Alliance

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