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Who is Dr. Bernard "Bunny" Fontana

This thesis is a biographical life history of Dr. Bernard “Bunny” Fontana who was a cultural anthropologist, archaeologist, field researcher, writer, historian, a co-founder of a non-profit organization, a father, a husband and a friend. He spent his life writing about the Southwest primarily the Papago Tribe which is now known as the Tohono O’odham Nation (TON). In addition, he maintained a unique relationship with many O’odham people especially in the San Xavier community for nearly six decades, which is not something you hear every day. Prior to this thesis there has never been an extensive biography about Bunny nor has it ever been told from an O’odham’s perspective. Furthermore, this thesis does not critique his work but instead dives into discovering “Who Is Dr. Bernard “Bunny” Fontana?”


Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan


Ofelia Zepeda




College of Social and Behavioral Sciences