Holy Places: The Navel of the World
We first saw the Baboquivari Peak as we crossed the Salton Sea and it continued to loom on the horizon breaking the horizontal plane with its resolute vertical rise. Baboquivari Peak is located on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation near Papago, Arizona (west of Tucson). It is considered the most sacred place to the Tohono O’odham who regard the peak as the “navel of the world” and the home of the creator. According to their legend, it is a place where the earth opened and the people emerged after the great flood.