Referring to themselves as Xawill kwnchawaay (Those Who Live on the River), the Cucapa are a Yuman-speaking people who historically lived along the lower Colorado River and delta for centuries.

Today, the Cucapa (sometimes spelled Cocopah or Cocopa) mainly inhabit three communities in Southern California, northern Baja California, Mexico, and southwest Arizona.

Songs of the Colorado

Underreported Struggles #14, May 2008

Mexico Confiscates Fish from the Cucapa

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