Zepeda, Ofelia. A Papago grammar. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 1983.

Zepeda is also a linguist who has been working on indigenous language revitalization. This book is the first pedagogical grammar book of the O’odham language designed for both Native and non-Native speakers to learn the grammatical structure of the O’odham (Papago) language. 

---. Jewed 'i-hoi = Earth Movements: O'odham c Milga:n S-ke:g Ha'icu Cegitŏdag = a Collection of Poems in O'odham & English. Tucson: Kore P, 1997.

This is a collection of bilingual poems. An English version and an O’odham version of each poem are placed next to each other. The book is accompanied by a CD, in which the poet herself reads the poems, so that the reader can also aurally enjoy the two different versions of the same poems.

---. Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 1995.

This is Zepeda’s first full collection of poems, in which the memories of the poet, of her ancestors and of the desert land are woven together.

---. Where Clouds are Formed. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2008.

Zepeda’s latest collection of poems features the themes of “language, memory and land” and re-creates the sensitivity of her ancestral people toward the life in the desert.


Zepeda, Ofelia.  Linguistics and Poetics. /Reading at the Poetry Center October 18, 2004.

[DVD] Tucson: U of Arizona Poetry Center, 2004.

---.  “S=wa’us I:bhe/ Breathing Moisture in a Desert Place,” Tenth Annual Lawrence Clark  Powell Memorial Lecture, delivered December 2, 2010. Tucson, Arizona. 30 April. 2011. 

Ofelia Zepeda’s lecture for the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona.

Zepeda, Ofelia, Sherwin Bitsui, and Alberto Alvaro Ríos with Karla Elling. Multilingual Poetry Reading [2010] at the University of Arizona. September 10, 2010.
  [DVD] Tucson: U of Arizona Poetry Center, 2010.

A reading by Sherwin Bitsui, Alberto Alvaro Ríos, Natalia Toledo, and Ofelia Zepeda in Navajo, O'odham, Zapotec, Spanish, and English.


Bitsui, Sherwin., Alberto Alvaro Ríos, Natalia Toledo Paz, Ofelia Zepeda, and Karla Elling. Water: How We are All Related. [CD] Paradise Valley: Mummy Mountain Press, 2010.

A book commissioned by the University of Arizona Poetry Center in celebration of its 50th Anniversary and in conjunction with a reading by Sherwin Bitsui, Alberto Alvaro Ríos, Natalia Toledo, and Ofelia Zepeda on September 10th, 2010.

Evers, Larry, ed. The South Corner of Time: Hopi, Navajo, Papago, and Yaqui Tribal Literatures. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 1980.

The Papago (Tohono O'Odham section of this collection was edited by Ofelia Zepeda. It contains "Thought by My Mother's Grave" (182-83), the first writing she published in O'odham and English.

Evers, Larry, and Ofelia Zepeda, eds. Home Places: Contemporary Native American Writing from Sun Tracks. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 1995.

A collection of Native American writings selected from Sun Tracks, of which Ofelia Zepeda serves as the series editor.

Underhill, Ruth Murray. Singing for Power: the Song Magic of the Papago Indians of South Arizona. Berkeley, California: U of California P, 1938; reprinted as vol. 25 of Sun Tracks Series. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 1993.

Ruth Underhill’s study on Papago Indian songs republished in Sun Tracks Series. Zepeda wrote the Introduction for the republished version.

Zepeda, Ofelia, ed. Mat Hekid O Ju/When It Rains 'O'odham Ha-Cegitadag/Papago and Pima Poetry. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 1982.

A collection of poems in O’odham that came out of the students’ contribution in the O’odham language classes Zepeda was teaching.

---. The Sand Papago/Quitobaquito Oral History Project. Ajo, Arizona: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, 1984.    

May 11, 2011