• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

Women of the Pimería Alta

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María Rita Duran as portrayed by Park Ranger Anita Badertscher

NPS Photo

The women of the Pimería Alta made outstanding contributions to the communities they lived in. Unfortunately, most of them were uneducated and could not write, making it difficult to learn much about them. The searchable Mission 2000 database, however, grows every year as more documents are translated and input into the system. A few of the most compelling stories from Mission 2000 have been summarized by park interpreters and historians. Here are some notable women from the annals of mission history:

Did You Know?

Tortilla Sonorense

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.