Far more sites have been compromised by legal endeavors than by all illegal activities combined.That said, it is important for amateur archaeologist and artifact collectors to understand that illegal excavation of any site is illegal for a good reason, and should be left in the hands of legitimate institutions and archaeologists who can properly document and preserved the archaeological record.
Each tribe, their people, has a history, some of which goes back more than 12,000 years in Arizona. COM, despite it's title, is only an introduction, and is far from complete; much work in Arizona archaeology will take place in the future, and therefore nothing written today will even come close to being "complete." In Pima County alone, where I live, there are more than 15,000 known archaeological sites, an estimated 10 percent of the total number.
Those Cocopa who remained on the northern side of the International Boundary were placed on the Colorado River Reservation. There are now said to be 800 in northern Baja California. In 16045 Orate found them occupying eight villages on the Colorado below the mouth of the Gila; Father Eusebio Kino in 17012 came upon them above the Gila, and by Garces’ time (1776) their villages were scattered on both sides of the Colorado, beginning about 38 miles below Bill Williams’ Fork and extending the same distance downstream. In 16045 Orate found them in villages on the Colorado River below the mouth of the Gila River and above the Cocopa Indians.
There were 99 in the United States in 1930, and 41 in 1937. Later they moved farther north, along with the Kohuana, but were soon forced downstream again by the Mohave and ultimately took refuge with the Maricopa on Gila River, by whom they were ultimately absorbed. Mooney (1928) estimates 3,000 in 1680, but this is evidently based on Garces’ figure of 2,500 in 1776, which Kroeber (1920) believes much too high. In 1762 they dwelt in a fertile plain, 10 or 12 leagues in length, on the eastern bank of the Colorado, and here they were found by Father Garcés in 1771 in a group of villages which he named Santa Rosa.
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