After years of planning and preparation, construction began on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s new Xalychidom Piipaash Nyvaash – “The Peoples House.” Having a place where traditional Piipaash (Maricopa) funerals could be held has been a goal in the Community for more than 30 years.
The 13,000 square foot facility is composed of two buildings: the Cry House, which measures 5,500 square feet, and an 8,000 square foot dining hall that can seat 300 people. The Cry House will host both traditional and Christian funerals for Community members.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, DWL’s Peter Pascu provided some design details on the project and explained what the Community has to look forward to when the Cry House is finished. “The entire project is designed to consist of materials that are reflective of the Community culture and values – materials that are sustainable, durable and low maintenance. For example, the red color is based on the pottery colors used by the Maricopa.”
The 5-acre project is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2015.
source: Au-Authm Action News