Reimagined Components: 1994 Gila River gaming token. These tokens are no longer accepted at the casino and are now simply a piece of Arizona memorabilia from a time gone by before everything went digital. Weighty and solid brass they do make you feel like you're holding something of value. We strung this token on a 23" 4mm braided brass rope chain.
Location Found: Phoenix AZ
Arizona is home to some of the most ancient ruins of the original indigenous Americans. It is there on the Hopi reservation land that you can touch ruins over a thousand years old. Where else in the United States can you say the same? It was ceded to the United States after first being Spanish Mexican territory on February 14th 1912 making it the last coterminous state to be added to the union. One of Ali and my favorite places we have thus far discovered in AZ is just north of the Mexican border in Bisbee. This old copper mining town holds an energy that feels like all are welcome and the weirder you are the better. Someone named Pablo told me while we shared a beer at a bar called the Hitching post that Bisbee is the most forgiving place in the world. I’m still trying to figure out what that means. Arizona is a rich and ancient land that is a sacred meeting point of energies. A vortex where manifestation is enhanced and spiritual growth can happen more quickly.
~Gila River Gaming Token~
The Gila River Indian Community opened its first casino in June of 1994. With 272 slots and 252 employees and is still in business today. They used tokens like many other casinos did where customers could exchange their cash for tokens that could be used for a variety of games.
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