Tumacácori National Historical Park contracted with representatives of the O'odham Nation in 1997 to build a traditional Melhok Ki (pronounced moo' rok kee), an O'odham dwelling and its adjoining ramada, both made of mesquite timbers, ocotillo sticks, and mud. The National Park Service did this to so that visitors could see the traditional way in which the O'odham lived prior to the arrival of the Spanish and other Europeans. Once the Ki was complete, the park preservation crew took on its maintenance and preservation.
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The Tortilla Sonorense (Sonoran Tortilla), made of wheat flour, is patted and stretched until it is an arm's length in diameter before it is cooked.