People of the Sonoran Desert

All types of people make the Sonoran Desert special. The term "People of the Sonoran Desert" refers to everyone living in the area. Humans have been living in this desert for thousands of years. Lets look just a few of the people who call the Sonoran Desert home.


A big thanks to students from two Tucson area schools for providing their stories and  artwork about the Sonoran Desert. Check back again to see if more kids have been added.

Hendricks Elementary

Warren Elementary

Native Americans

There are many different Native American tribes associated with the Sonoran Desert, each with their own culture, beliefs, and traditions. Some of those tribes are Pascua Yaqui (Yoeme), Seri, Tohono O'odham, Gila River Indian Community, and the Cocopah.


This term refers of any person who has at least one relative or ancestor from Spain or Spanish speaking Latin America. A large part of the Sonoran Desert is in Mexico so Hispanic culture has a strong influence in the region.

Learn more about Hispanic culture.


Compare with some of the people who live in the deserts of Australia.

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